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12 Strong (2018) Review

A STEADFAST (YET SLIGHTLY GENERIC)

MILTARY BIO PIC


 

On September 11th, 2001, the entire nation of the United States faced an imaginable horror; an act of terrorism, which was a coordinated attack from the Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda. In New York City, two commercial airplanes (American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175) were hijacked and rammed into the both towers of the World Trade Center, while another commercial airplane (American Airlines Flight 77) was hijacked and crashed into the western rim of the Pentagon in Washington DC (i.e Arlington, Virginia). At the same time, a fourth commercial airline plane (United Airlines Flight 93) was hijacked and, while on-board passengers attempted to subdue the hijackers, the plane itself crashed landed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania (never reaching its intended destination). Through paramount fear, untold devastation and unimageable panic, the events that place that day took the lives of 2,996 people, injuring over 6,000 others, and estimated over $10 million dollars into infrastructure and property damage. It was a horrifying turning point for the people of the United States, facing a wide range of emotion and concerns to what would come next in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Within time, the “war on terror” (as the news media dubbed it) began to form in the Afghanistan with US military forces battle against Al-Qaeda’s insurgent forces, which somewhat reached a pinnacle point in 2011 when US forces (under a covert mission) found and killed the Al-Qaeda’s leader Osama Bin Laden. It was a huge moment on the US involvement with this terrorist organization, but still the remains of what happened on 9/11 in 2001 still haunts many (even to this day). Given the palpability of this transgression and how it touched many American lives, Hollywood (within time) started to churn out feature films that touched upon the September 11th attacks, with such movies like United 93, World Trade Center, Into the Fire, 9/11, Zero Dark Thirty, and several others; finding each one given a somewhat different perspective (cinematically) on what happened either before, during, or after the results of that terrorist attack. Now, Warner Bros. Pictures (along with Alcon Entertainment and Jerry Bruckheimer Films) and director Nicolai Fuglsig present the newest cinematic film on the “war on terror” with the movie 12 Strong. Does this movie find its meaning amongst its action set piece or is a muddled “one and down” counterattack of Hollywood wartime propaganda? Read more