New Hollywood Movie, Same Old War Story?

The press release package call this a different kind of special forces movie. And by looking the new trailer for the Jerry Bruckheimer film “12 Strong” released Monday. The film,  it focuses on Army Green Berets, the Northern Alliance forces, horses and Navy SEALS.

The movie tells the story of a U.S. Special Forces team led by Capt. Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), as they navigate the brutal and barren mountains of Afghanistan just days and months after 9/11. That’s September 11, 2001 just to give you a more complete time frame.  After linking up with a Northern Alliance general, the Americans and Afghans join forces to fight a common enemy: the Taliban and the al-Qaida affiliates they give safe haven. The American soldiers must adopt the tactics of their allies, riding horses across the uneasy terrain, in order to retake a key Afghan city. The horses, they say, make this a different kind of soldier movie, and they do, sort of. Having not seen it, we are not going to make any judgements, but as one who cares about the family of veterans, any movie that deals with soldiers can’t be all bad.

The film is based off the Doug Stanton book “Horse Soldiers,” and also stars Michael Peña and Rob Riggle. It is scheduled for release on Jan. 19. Catch the trailer here: https://www.cinemablend.com/news/1715380/how-12-strong-differs-from-most-special-forces-movies-according-to-chris-hemsworth

“We’ve seen a lot of Navy SEAL movies, which are very smash-and-grab approaches, which is what they do best, better than anyone,” actor Chris Hemsworth said in an interview with Cinema Blend. “With Special Forces guys, they embed themselves in a community over a course of months or years, and it’s a diplomatic duty and relationship building within these communities to achieve their outcome.”

Educational War Movie?

“When you think of Special Forces war movies, you likely think of the fantastic assaults conducted by units like the Navy SEALs or Delta Force. However, other Special Forces units perform unique duties that sometimes go overlooked by Hollywood. In fact, Chris Hemsworth opened up to CinemaBlend and other media outlets during a 12 Strong set visit earlier this year and explained that the job of Green Berets is fundamentally different from other Special Forces outfits, and this will show how they build relationships with locals in addition to engaging in all of the action that we would expect.

Hemsworth explained: For me, we’ve seen a lot of Navy SEAL movies, which are very smash-and-grab approaches, which is what they do best, better than anyone. With Special Forces guys, they embed themselves in a community over a course of months or years, and it’s a diplomatic duty and relationship building within these communities to achieve their outcome. They can do the direct attack, obviously, and we do in this movie, but the bigger challenge and the talent of what these guys achieved was the relationship they formed with Dostum, the warlord that were fighting with, and getting him to trust them and leveraging centuries-old blood feuds between these tribes and convince them to understand we’re all fighting the same enemy. We weren’t there to conquer the place or take over. We were there to fight a common enemy…otherwise the country was at risk at becoming a major terrorist training camp. They did it in 3 or 4 weeks. It was one of the most successful missions in history, because it was 12 guys across 3 to 4 weeks, embedded with the locals, and achieved what they set out to do, which taking back the city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

Our Take on 12 Horses like Movies – The War Ends But It’s Not Over

Okay, that’s a good educational aspect to what makes the Green Berets different, and this blogger is now aware of their story, where previously I was not. So that’s cool. And it never ceases to amaze me how much these soldiers care and are ready to die for America. I’m not there, like most people, and I’m glad they are. But if there is a bigger ax to grind, it’s the constant milking of the soldier and patriot cow that doesn’t seem to go away these days. If you know anything about Once a Soldier, it should be that we are past all the real and fake patriotism behind decisions to green-light these films. The bigger issues is that we never get to see what happens after the soldiers go home. Some movies deal with, and they can’t all deal with it, but it doesn’t help.

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