Chris Hemsworth has become something of a rarity in Hollywood. After a few TV roles and a small role as Kirk’s father in JJ Abram’s Star Trek reboot, Hemsworth won the role of Thor in his own movie, only the fourth movie in the fairly new Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2011. Since that movie, he has appeared in six more movies as the character including two sequels to his own film and two Avengers movies. He has also headed up The Huntsman: Winter’s War and stole every scene he had with a brilliant comedic performance in the Ghostbusters reboot. But Hemsworth is doing something unique in between these blockbusters with some really great films that show off he much more than just another superhero in tights. He headed up a remake of the 80s cult classic Red Dawn, starred in the real life story of Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda in Rush, played a hacker in Michael Mann’s underrated Blackhat, and delivered another great comedic supporting role in Vacation with Ed Helms. In 12 Strong, out now, he plays another real life character during a pivotal time in American history.
Hemsworth plays US Army Captain Mitch Nelson who is called upon after the events of September 11, 2001 to lead the first Special Forces team into Afghanistan after the attacks. Along with chief warrant officer, Hal Spencer (Michael Shannon); wisecracking Sam Diller (Michael Peña); and weapons expert Ben Milo (“Moonlight” star Trevante Rhodes) and eight others, they must navigate the unforgiving terrain on horseback to capture the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, a Taliban stronghold. With all the odds against them they must begin the fight against the forces that struck America at its core.
12 Strong is a pretty incredible story of soldiers dedicated to protecting their country after the most devastating attack in US history. Hemsworth is supported by a phenomenal cast including Shannon, Peña, Rhodes, Rob Riggle (an actual Marine veteran) and William Fichtner. With New Mexico standing in for the Middle East, the film has a really authentic look to it, and the story of the so called ‘horse soldiers’ is a pretty amazing one. The fact that these men faced against all odds to carry out their mission is a testament to the dedication and skill of the special forces. The action sequences are well choreographed and thrilling, the pace is quick and exciting and the story unpredictable. 12 Strong is an extraordinary tale worth checking out and highly recommended.