By Matthew Creith | 10 seconds ago
For Chris Hemsworth, the summer of 2022 was indeed a blast. Topping the box office this month with the debut of Thor: Love and Thunder, the Australian actor sees his star continue to rise with every project he lends his talents to. Netflix unveiled its thriller spider headwho also stars Top Gun: Maverick Actors Miles Teller and Hemsworth finished filming extraction 2a 2020 sequel to the original. It seems Chris Hemsworth has something more to celebrate as one of his movies is currently dominating the charts on Netflix.
According to FlixPatrol, a website dedicated to tracking every title to top the charts on streaming platforms in 127 countries worldwide, Chris Hemsworth’s 12 Strong was ranked in the top 10 in the United States on Netflix this week. Much of this could possibly be attributed to Hemsworth’s performances in the recently released film spider head and Thor: Love and Thunder. However, the other choices that audiences see on the streaming platform seem to come from several different genres. Rounding out this list are other titles of interest to American streaming viewers girl in the picture, The Sea Creature, singing 2, The man from Toronto, mean girls, Searched, The Dark Knight rises, Leave no trace and Valley of the Dead.
12 Strong debuted in theaters in 2018, seemingly at the height of action films about events in wars then involving American soldiers. The film is about a group of US Army Special Forces deployed to Afghanistan immediately after 9/11. Based on the book horse soldiers by Doug Stanton, the film is directed by Nicolai Fuglsig in his feature directorial debut. It features a cast of mostly male actors, including Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Austin Stowell and William Fichtner. In the film, Hemsworth’s real-life wife, actress Elsa Pataky, appears as his character’s wife.
Make a movie like 12 Strong was a daunting task, in part because the film’s stars played fictional characters based on actual American heroes. Chris Hemsworth embodied the essence of Captain Mitch Nelson, who led his team to one of the earliest victories of the war in Afghanistan. The character is inspired by Mark Nutsch, according to The Huffington Post, and serves as a counterpoint to Michael Shannon’s character, Chief Warrant Officer Hal Spencer. Spencer, in turn, draws inspiration from the actions of Bob Pennington, who consulted on the film’s production. The film was shot on location in New Mexico and grossed over $71 million at the box office on a budget of $35 million.
While 12 Strong Considered a financial success for Chris Hemsworth and distribution company Warner Bros., the film’s critical reception was anything but. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds “50%” on its Tomatometer under 173 verified critic ratings and a slightly better Audience Score of “62%” among over 5,000 viewer ratings. Similarly, Metacritic currently reflects a Metascore of “54” based on 43 critic reviews, implying a mixed or average review ranking for the site. The same scale has been given by Metacritic users 12 Strong generally positive reviews with a user score of “6.3” from 129 user reviews.
Since Chris Hemsworth’s vehicle has seen a resurgence of interest on Netflix, other war films have also been back in the limelight lately. Currently available on Paramount+, Michael Bay’s epic entry from 2016 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi has a similar tone and story as 12 Strongwith an ensemble cast that includes James Badge Dale, John Krasinski and Pablo Schreiber. Zero Dark Thirty also makes the list in this subgenre with fictional characters based on real life leaders of the American Seal Team 6 who carry out the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound. Zero Dark Thirty was released in 2012 and was considered controversial at the time for its depiction of torture tactics and CIA manoeuvres. Still, the film is a direct counterpart to that 12 Strong as it demonstrates the events after 9/11. This is rounded off by new releases of war films from the last 20 years The injured locker, the Academy Award-winning best picture, which depicts the Iraq war’s psychological toll on a team of bomb disposal soldiers. Both Zero Dark Thirty and The injured locker are also currently available on Netflix.