Taking on the Taliban

“12 Strong” (⋆⋆ out of four stars, rated R) follows an Army Special Forces team that travels to Afghanistan soon after the Sept. 11 attacks. Based on the book “Horse Soldiers,” it plays out as a rousing action movie, with the team’s military exploits amped up. But the real story here is one of 12 heroic souls who, by working with local warlords, delivered a heavy blow to the Taliban. The movie could have been much stronger if director Nicolai Fuglsig had focused a little more on the heart and less on muscle.

Rick Bentley, Tribune News Service