’12 Strong’ Portrays ‘Incredible’ True Story of Soldiers Post-9/11


Danielle Cotton, Staff Writer


“12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers” was released Friday, Jan. 19. The movie is an American war drama film based on Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book “Horse Soldiers” about how CIA paramilitary officers and U.S. Special Forces were sent to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The movies stars Chris Hemsworth as Captain Mitch Nelson, Michael Shannon as Chief Warrant Officer Cal Spencer, Michael Peña as Sergeant First Class Sam Diller, Trevante Rhodes as Sergeant First Class Ben Milo, Geoff Stults as Sean Coffers, Thad Luckinbill as Vern Michaels, and Navid Negahban as General Abdul Rashid Dostum.

“12 Strong” is an action-packed movie that brings to life the unbelievable yet
incredible true story of the 12 men who were the first to risk their lives to fight against the Taliban.

The movie starts off with Mitch Nelson (inspired by Mark Nutsch) watching the Twin Towers fall before he decides to rejoin the Special Forces team that he had recently quit. Nelson gathers his team and they are flown in to Afghanistan. The men use horses to navigate their way through the rugged Afghan terrain in a land they don’t know with their Afghan allies.

At the end of end of the film before the closing credits, the written synopsis reveals that all 12 of the Horse Soldiers survived the mission, which was supposed to take two years yet was accomplished in three weeks. A monument of the Horse Soldiers is located in New York City across from Ground Zero.