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Source: Xilla Valentine / GlobalGrind

WAR – noun: a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state.

The majority of us have never fought in a war, so what we know about war is what we learn in history books, see on TV or read in news articles, but what is war for the people who fought it, lived and breathed it for so many years?

12 Strong stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, David Negahban, and Trevante Rhodes. It tells the extraordinary story of a Special Forces team and their journey on an extremely dangerous mission in Afaganistan shortly after September 11th.

This movie was an eye opener to life at war. Director Nicolai Fuglsig humanized the war and shed light on not only the struggles each soldier faced with leaving their families, language barriers, and the expected hardships of war, but also the positive relationships and conversations between teams and allies, the teamwork and friendships made and the most surprising, finding the humor in all of it. These men weren’t just soldiers fighting to protect our country, they were people with personalities, likes and dislikes, big hearts, and real emotions both happy and sad.

Through all of that, the heroic story more than anything will make you appreciate our war veterans and leave you with a much better understanding of not only the ins and outs of our war, show you what you didn’t see portrayed in our media, but also who is the Taliban and why we are at war with them.

12 Strong hits theaters Friday, January 19th and is rated R.


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