The Chris Hemsworth Action Movie You Missed Becomes A Netflix Hit


12 Strong focuses on Mitch Nelson of Hemworth, a U.S. Army captain with Green Berets Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 595 who volunteers to lead 595 to Afghanistan immediately following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Accompanied by veteran soldier CW5 Hal Spencer (Michael Shannon), Nelson and the 595 fight alongside Northern Alliance leader Abdul Rashid Dostum (Navid Negahban of the Legion) in their battle against the Taliban and their leader Mullah Razzan.

Reviewers including ours were right with their generally less than favorable reviews for 12 Strong. For the most part, it’s a war movie by the numbers. There are great performances from Michael Peña, Shannon and Negahban, but Hemsworth’s standard action lead leaves no impression, inviting comparisons to Chris Pratt’s more lifeless action performances. Rob Riggle, who has some real-life experience in the armed forces, brings a certain aggro-authenticity to the film’s opening scenes, and Taylor Sheridan, who is better known these days as a writer, director, and mastermind. behind Paramount’s hit series Yellowstoneappears in a brief but memorable role.

Still, the film takes a stereotypical approach to clashes between Nelson and Dostum, then learns to work together, and while there are plenty of explosions and fires to keep the film’s pace going, there’s nothing special in the way the action scenes are shot or framed. Worse, the film takes an uncritical approach to the US presence in Afghanistan, failing to use hindsight to deliver a deeper message about war and military occupation. One would be led to believe by the film’s narration that the war in Afghanistan ended shortly after the triumph of 595.

It really seems like Hemsworth’s cultural moment, being the star of one of the highest-grossing movies of the summer, is the only thing driving this film’s belated success on Netflix. Collaborators of other MCU mainstays must be hoping that their old projects will be the next to see this bump on Netflix. If you’ve worked with a cash cow in the past, your film could also get a second wind.


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