It’s that time of year where we all like to cuddle up to a fire and watch a film or two. The weather is bad outside and it gets dark early so there really is nothing better than passing the time with some great films. However, it’s easy to get sucked into some pretty bad films out there. Hollywood can make some real stinkers that are badly acted, badly directed, have poor scripts and just all-round bad ideas all together. Let this list be a warning for you of some movies you should avoid over this winter months.
12 Strong has the usual war storyline where U.S special forces soldiers are depicted as amiable tough guys with a keen sense of gallows humor and just enough moral scruples to lend them a sense of humanity. Their backstories are almost non-existent, save for some lame scenes showing a few of them with their families. 12 Strong has no moral grey areas. There are good guys and bad guys. The soldiers are seen as good-natured heroes while the villains are evil and bloodthirsty. In one scene the bad guys execute a little girl in the middle of a town square for the crime of being educated. This gruesome atrocity is cynically used to give the American army the moral high ground as well as to provide an additional rationale for the U.S.‘s mission: Now it’s not just about revenge, but also liberation.
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