Tag Archives: War Movies

12 Strong Is a Weak War Movie

My biggest issue with 12 Strong, “the declassified true story of the horse soldiers,” is that it never feels likes a true story. It instead feels like stilted, tacky, and heartless attempt at a war picture.

For instance, there is plenty of “the warrior is in the heart” talk and dialogue that feels like it belongs in an installment of The Karate Kid or Rocky.

Chris Hemsworth and Navid Negahban in 12 Strong

Chris Hemsworth and Navid Negahban in 12 Strong

That probably wasn’t the intention of Danish filmmaker Nicolai Fuglsig, but 12 Strong feels more like a campy action-movie rather than a serious, war-drama.

The movie tells the story of a dozen Army Special Forces (“Green Berets”) who are deployed into Afghanistan after 9/11. The group is ordered to work with a local warlord to strike down the Taliban, forcing them out of the country.

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American Sniper Takes an Admirable Shot

American Sniper, which is based on Chris Kyle‘s autobiography, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, recounts the tragic yet triumphant moments of Chris Kyle’s career with the SEALs and his eventual struggles with returning home. Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is a native Texan and patriot at heart who wanted to make something of his life. He wanted to make a difference, and after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, he knew what he wanted to do. Kyle eagerly joined the fight against terrorism and became a member of the SEALs where we would be the most productive sniper in history. After four tours of Iraq, Kyle became a legend in the military; however, his real battles were only just beginning. Upon returning home, Kyle’s relationships with his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids began to wane. Kyle’s everyday life became difficult to manage as he finds out that he simply cannot leave the war and his fellow soldiers behind.

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper

At 84 years young, film legend Clint Eastwood is still working at a prolific rate and is still making films that are stark and unwavering. With his latest effort, American Sniper, the great Eastwood has made an unflinching, tense film that depicts the heroism and sacrifices military men and women must make year after year.

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