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12 Strong Advanced Film Screening

Updated on January 18, 2018
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With an Olelo community video series "in development," Ms. Freeman finds a few moments to share her film thoughts.

Why I’ve chosen to write about this film

I was very fortunate enough to be able to attend this Advanced Film Screening Event on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, making this the first official Film Screening event of 2018 in the Hawaii film market. Hosted at the Regal Cinemas 18 at Dole Cannery, there were other members in the audience who were from different organizations, and together, we shared a great film time.

  • I met a few new people, who actually stayed through the end of the Credit Roll, asking “What’s DIT?” to which I supplied the answer.
  • I also met a few of the Hawaii Film peoples, whom we met before at another movie. Now, I’m known as the “Girl who checks the movies.” With a huge smiley.

As with my other Featured Hubs, this one is going to have a little different spin on it, for the following reasons:

1. The film was based on a book, 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers written by NYT bestseller author Doug Stanton. The book was previously published as Horse Soldiers.

2. Director Nicolai Fuglsig is known for his other work in Exfil.

3. From the 3 different Trailer versions, and the film’s initial and final credit rolls, Black Label Media is one of the production companies, and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, who is known not only for Pirates of the Caribbean series, but Mr. Bruckheimer was the producer of Black Hawk Dawn. Along with Alcon Entertainment and Lionsgate, this film is being distributed in the USA, Switzerland and Thailand.

4. I was really looking forward to seeing Chris Hemsworth as Captain Mitch Nelson this time, and Michael Peña (and what he’s done since acting and producing CHIPS) as well as Taylor Sheridan (acting this time, and not behind the camera since Wind River). In all Trailer versions, William Fichtner as Colonel Mulholland, the Seasoned Active Duty senior officer makes an impact.

5. I also had a scheduling conflict, as on this same evening, there was an AARP film screening event of Only the Brave (which I really liked!) at Consolidated Theatres’ Kahala location. I’ve included some of this film’s analysis, as it pertains to the recurrent “Hometown Heroes” theme. While reading this Hub, please consider this a “Two for One,” as I’ll be drawing parallelisms between the two films.

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a One Paragraph Film Synopsis (Spoiler Free)

“12 Strong” is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when a U.S. Special Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans—accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghan horse soldiers. But despite their uneasy bond, the new allies face overwhelming odds: outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.”

Sistah, are there other things I should know about this film?

Yes, this is an R-rated film, due to War, Violence and Language throughout.

Through montages of lots of violence, blood, gunfire, fighting and survival, are themes that occur throughout the film. From my experience with No Greater Love in November 2017, I would say 12 Strong is pretty realistic, due to Director Fuglsig’s technique. The cinematography is not overdone, but realistic in what occurred with the Northern Alliance and the impenetrable area in Afghanistan.

Shot on location in New Mexico, and funded in part with New Mexico film credits, the action sequences are intense. There was use of A-B-C cameras, to capture the action. I did not see a use of Splinter Units, which sometimes, expected to see with the plotline of group separation by Captain Nelson: the first split at the Northern Alliance Headquarters leaving CWO Spencer, and then another split, sending SFC Diller and his Trio ahead on the trail.

The Movie Viewer will feel the dramatic tension throughout the 130 minute presentation.

Sistah, were you drained from watching the film?

Yes, I was a little drained at the end of the film, which concluded at 910pm HST.

Please bear in mind, that I had seen Justice League earlier in the day, before it comes out of its theatrical run. For a matinee showtime, this was well attended by a dozen people, who were DC fans. The “SuperHero” movies have been really good in 2017, because the historical GN character is used as the basis for the on-screen character, and with a great screenplay, can be translated into a current storyline. Current storylines are believable, and are what the GN-Movie followers have come to expect, because it is relatable.

Relatability is composed of:

1. A believable story that could happen, and on-screen, does happen for the Movie Viewer. Inside a darkened theatre with the “No Cellphone” policy, one can live out the fantasy on-screen.

2. Watching your favorite Actor or Actress on-screen, living out the GN character.

3. Now, add in more Actors and Actresses, and you’ve gotten part of the “Super Hero” Formula.

There is something about “Hero” type movies that leaves the Movie Viewer with a cathartic feeling. 12 Strong would be the second “Hero” type film that I viewed on this day.

What’s the premise of the film?

After reading the One Paragraph from my Advanced Screening email invitation, there is enough of a hook, just like reading Only The Brave’s film synopsis, where the Movie Viewer figures out the downward tone of the film synopsis. I was curious to see if 12 Strong was going to have any survivors at the conclusion of the film.

The premise begins with a lot of characters, since the film’s title suggests there are at least 12 people involved in the story. Add the commanding staff, and the Northern Alliance soldiers, and you’ve got quite a war film. Some of the major story questions that arise:

Did the premise deliver?

Yes, the premise delivers, and the importance of why this “Hometown Heroes” film was made, is seen at the conclusion. The filmmakers were nice enough to include Opticals, explaining the current effect of the US Army Special Forces Operations Unit 595’s mission, which affects the current geo-political situation in Afghanistan.

Were there any memorable performances?

Yes, every actor and actress who appeared on-screen did a great job.

According to Front & Center’s Preshow host Tiffany Smith, she said that she was looking forward to Rob Riggle’s appearance in the film. During the final edit of the film, other than appearing in 3 scenes in the beginning of the film, and a non-speaking role while in the field in Afghanistan, Rob’s character (Colonel Max Bowers) did not play a crucial role in the film. There goes the “Hollywood Hype” factor, as I like to call it.

On that note, Michael Shannon and Michael Peña had more of the story built inside their characters. If you’re the type of Movie Goer who likes good action sequences, with a little bit of real life added in, and strong male characters, then you’ll like this film.

Was it a good film story, explaining what some of the soldiers experienced?

Yes, this was a good film story, although the war sequences were re-created in the New Mexico desert, which would be pretty much the same desert climate as Afghanistan, but latter location would be colder in the wintertime. The Aerial photography of the mountains and desert landscape was really good. I found myself waiting for the Ending Credit Roll, where the filming locations would be shown.

Casting by Jo Edna Boldin and John Papsidera was really good at selecting male actors for the SFO Unit 595 who had memorable faces on-screen (notably Geoff Stults, Trevante Rhodes, Jack Kesy, Austin Stowell, Ben O’Toole, Austin Hebert and Kenny Sheard). I really liked his casting for the Fast and Furious series. The female actresses and younger children were also well-casted, as this story takes place in Kentucky, which is also the home of the American Kingsman (please see my other Hub for how the Kingsman storyline crosses the ocean from United Kingdom to the USA).

Picture Car and Car sequences were done really well. I liked the “Passan tries to escape” scene, and figuring out where the SUV lands up in the earth hole!

The Set construction was also realistic. During one of the crucial Military scenes, where the dust hadn’t cleared from a ground shootout, CWO Spencer spots more Taliban shooters on the other side of the wall. Which leads to …

That Western Feeling

Another part of the film’s heroic theme is what I could only term, as the Western Feeling. Some of action sequences with Chris felt like I was watching a Western film, where the Film Viewer knows there’s going to be a shootout at the corral. I experienced this with Wind River, with its Climax.

I would definitely pay money (or use up some of my 100,000+ Regal Crown Club credits) to see this film in IMAX 2D. When 12 Strong debuts on January 19th, 2018, I will let you know how it compares to Dunkirk, which was also shown in IMAX in July 2017. I really like to compare films, because Dunkirk was LOUD. So loud, that one of the Uncles had to take out both hearing aids! His postFilmD comment was “I could hear perfectly fine without my hearing aids.” A lot of veterans said that Dunkirk was so realistic, like they thought they were really there at the battle of Dunkirk, when they saw the film.

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Chris Hemsworth as Captain Mitch Nelson

This brings back some memories of another friend named Mitch, who is just as brawny as Chris, and is an Army Reserve Officer in the Mainland. Very similar to the men of US Army SFO Unit 595, my friend also grew up in a small town, and feels pride in serving his country. Interestingly enough, this same feeling is represented in Only The Brave. Both films deal with the “Hometown Heroes” theme, except with 12 Strong beginning in the States and taking place in Afghanistan, while Only The Brave occurred in an Arizona community. As far as storytelling methods, both films are of the similar patriotic vein.

  • Only The Brave represents the small town culture and the relationships of the main characters, each of whom carries a significant role in the story. Based on a real-life event, one of the local uncles, who’s been a Hawaii Five-0 Background Actor since Season One, said that the film’s ending made him cry; he thought the ending was done tastefully “because we all know how it ends.”
  • This type of film observation made me watch Only The Brave with an expectant feeling. I was not the only one crying their eyes out in this film. There was not a dry eye in the audience, as seen from the post-film “Bathroom Recovery” period. The same can also be said for Disney Pixar’s Coco, where most of the aunties in various audience groups, said they cried throughout, because “it was a good film.”

I went into 12 Strong with this same expectant feeling. However, this film was done differently, so there were no tears. This should tell you how the film is going to end, without any SPOILERS.

Chris as Captain Nelson is slightly different in this American accented role, versus playing Thor in various Marvel movies: Thor, Thor: The Dark World, (still in its theatrical run, as of this Hub publishing) Thor: Ragnarok, where he plays Thor with an English accent, and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War Part I. If you liked Chris’ look in Thor: Ragnarok, he has that same look in 12 Strong, except instead of being dressed in Gladiator Gear, he’s wearing Army fatigues.

Chris’ wide appeal to the females of all ages in the audience, as well as males of all ages, was interesting. Thank you to the Producers for deciding to cast Chris in the main Protagonist’s role, and to Chris, for accepting the offer to star in the film. You now have a devoted film following, from my Advanced Screening audience members.

Please see my main Hubpages feed for the Ragnarok Hub, and another film studying method called “Reel to Real Redux,” where the Real version of what historically occurred, is compared and contrasted to the Reel version, or what the Movie Viewer sees on-screen. And, this is why Marvel Studios has been successful in its storytelling, as they are able to weave reality with a bit of fantasy, and added Special Effects for a fun time.

In 12 Strong, ILM was one of the companies involved in the Visual Effects.

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Why are film characters portrayed as someone you know in real life?

There are several reasons for this:

1. One of the trends in filmmaking is to have a unique story, one that is worth telling and sharing on-screen. Some of the better films I’ve seen in 2016 and 2017 involve the naïve, but refreshingly “Down-to-Earth guy” who is trying to do the right thing for his hometown and his country. Following the Patriotic theme (although I will avoid using this slogan, as some people have differing meanings of the word “Patriotic” and some people can be pretty critical), some of the more interesting films along this theme, include:

a. War Dogs – whom Ryan Barnett and I agreed “it was a pretty good film, done differently with the ‘Chapters’ announcing the upcoming portion of the film’s chapters.” The novelization actually involved three young men, whereas the movie only had two main characters.

b. Logan Lucky – directed by Steven Soderberg, with an all-star cast, it showed the Southern culture and patriotism with regional concerns, whom Gene Evans and I agreed “it was a good look at the South, while still being respectful.”

c. Wind River – written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, who is acting in 12 Strong in the role of Brian.

d. Only The Brave – written by Ken Nolan, who has a unique way of weaving character and story together. I like his screenplays.

e. Thank You for Your Service – starring Miles Teller, who also appeared in War Dogs as protagonist David (2016), and re-appearing in Only The Brave as Hometown Hero Brendan (2017). It would be interesting if he was nominated for an Academy Award this year.

f. No Greater Love – which is the flipside to the issues that Thank You for Your Service brings to the surface. Currently producing a new Hub using these 2 films, so please check back soon for “Hometown Heroes in 2017.”

2. As with Molly Blooms’ novel, which was the basis for Molly’s Game, the names have been changed to protect the innocent. In the case of the Hometown Hero, most of the names are derived from actual people, perhaps with a different spelling of their last names, or word play on their name. The derivative is translated from the Novel or Book (non-fiction), whereby the Screenwriter(s) read the book and then creatively write the screenplay.

3. Another trend seen in Hollywood, is to take an author’s book (novel) and produce a Screen Story version, as what was done with Suicide Squad, Round Two. The movie novelization was produced by Marv Wolfman. David Ayer then wrote the Screenplay with characters developed by lots of other writers, as my online research indicated, who were uncredited in the film. The Screenplay was developed from the Screen Story. I thought it was kind of cool, that the Round Two Director wrote the Screen Story, but as one of the main creative responsibilities as a Director, this makes sense in the overall project delivery.

a. Kong: Skull Island also shared similar story and screenplay development. I enjoyed reading the Mass Market edition, as each character was developed in long form, along with the story. I wish the local Barnes & Noble had the Screen Story available for sale, before the movie premiered. But, that didn’t happen during this product launch.

b. Having seen Kong: Skull Island a total of 28 times during a 2-week Open Check weekend, I’m still on the fence about purchasing a vault copy of the film, as not only can I recite the dialogue scene by scene, but can tell you which order the movie is edited. And, for those Bathroom Parents, who miss part of the movie, because they are taking their children to the restroom, I can tell you what part you missed.

4. In the Star Wars franchise, the books and graphic novels are developed with recurring authors. I especially enjoy reading Christie Golden’s books, as she has a way of writing in a straight-forward manner, yet telling the character’s stories. She also has written other Sci-Fi genre novels, including Valerian: The City of a Thousand Planets.

a. While reading Catalyst, which I thought was the Screen Story for Rogue One, but I was wrong. The local Barnes & Noble has stocked the prequel story to Rogue One, before Rogue One was put on the shelf. I did enjoy reading Catalyst, since it showed what happened to Jyn Erso, when she was a little girl. This portion of the story is shown in Rogue One (the film), when young Jyn is given away to Saw Guerrera.

b. A nice use of story and editing, to show Jyn being locked away, and then Saw rescuing her, shot from Jyn’s POV.

5. For Marvel Studios, the GN editors have the stories planned out. The creative team creates the GN, and there is coordination among the MGNU storylines and the MCU storylines, which are a bit different than the original GN story. This is planned and crafted, since the GN readers are expecting a few differences when they see the film.

a. Speaking of Marvel Studios, I actually purchased a Marvel Mass Market edition called Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon & Groot Steal the Galaxy. Some of my friends laughed at me, but they were impressed with the slick glossy cover, and Dan Abnett has a way of starting the book, and keeping the action going. Remember, you can’t judge a book by its cover.

2018 and Microsoft’s need to play Big Brother (answer to an email inquiry from an Author Friend)

Please remember to visit some of the corresponding Hubs for coverage of these films, if you were wondering what they were about, but was afraid to inquire. I am producing them as fast as my fingers can keyboard (I am on my 5th keyboard and second computer within a 2-year period), and on my second printer within a 2-month period. Hopefully, the latest business model printer will be more robust than its picture friendly predecessor.

When 2018 began, Microsoft slipped a Trojan Horse x.64 software update to its USA user base, with a Push installation. As the TJ self-extracted in the background, anytime you start or (restart) Windows, there is a message of “Scanning and Repairing your Drive.” I take care of my machinery (as you would think it was Day One using any of my stuff), so I knew this was a warning from Microsoft, in their Big Brother role, of doing something funky with your computer.

My Picture Friendly printer stopped working, since it was not on Microsoft’s “Approved List” of x.64 printers, which was a waste of $36.88 plus 4.712% general excise tax, in addition to newly purchased special inkjet cartridges for $64.98 plus 4.712% GET.

With all of this, plus 4 early AM hours of trying to restore the Picture Friendly printer, I gave up (computers were my first career for 10 years, before I went into Service-based businesses). Went out and purchased (against my hardware will) a brand new HP OfficeJet 4655 from my local office store. Talk about “The Empire Strikes Back” feeling. Now, I have no problems, because the OJ is wireless by default. All this, so I can print from Windows. No wonder the majority of Hollywood is using Apple.

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Michael Peña as SFC Sam Diller

Michael’s portrayal as Mitch’s biggest gun, as seen from Trailer version #3, is delivered seriously in the final cut of the film. As with some of the characters, Diller is married with children, and doesn’t think he’ll be gone for too long, as he hurriedly prepares for deployment.

Michael brings a certain amount of machismo into the role, as he did in CHIPS playing Officer Poncherello. It was refreshing to see Michael as a solider this time, instead of a motorcycle officer. I thought he was really heroic in the “Save the Antenna” scene.

Michael also performs voice talents, as heard in The Lego Ninjago Movie (Kai) and My Little Pony: The Movie (Grubber). As for upcoming filmwork, he’ll be physically acting in A Wrinkle in Time (Red), Extinction (Peter) and Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp (Luis).

William Fichtner as Colonel Mulholland

He plays the Military official so well. As the commanding officer of the SFO Unit 595, his adversarial side is seen at the fulcrum of the movie. With the mountainous terrain that Captain Nelson and General Dostum’s joint forces have to cover on horseback, it’s taking way longer than anticipated. Taking out the Taliban with allied ground forces and USA air strikes, is a plot device to keep the story moving.

Colonel Mulholland then makes the decision to use another troop group to take the Taliban out from the North side of the Taliban’s stronghold, since Nelson’s group is not making the desired US army progress. Another factor in their lack of keeping in touch via satellite radio, is General Dostrum sticking to the cave walls, as he says that’s “their best chance to win against the Taliban.” Sticking to the cave walls means low to no Satellite reception.

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Taylor Sheridan as Brian

When not writing and directing what some film viewers would consider controversial material (“racist” or “ethnic” are two terms that I’ve heard other Movie Viewers use to describe Hell or High Water and Wind River), he appears in front of the camera. His performance as Brian in 12 Strong is a minor character, as seen in the final edit.

I enjoyed seeing his acting performance, as I thoroughly enjoyed his previous two film works.

If you are opting out of seeing this film, then here’s how it ends…

If you are opting out of seeing this film for personal reasons, and would like to know how it ends, SPOILER ALERT BEGINS HERE

The US Army Special Forces Operation Unit 595 had just returned from their latest deployment, which the Movie Viewer doesn’t know what or where it was, and have been in Kentucky a little over 2 weeks. While spending time with their families, one morning, Captain Mitch Nelson is preparing his daughter for school, as his wife wants him to unpack the boxes. Inherent in this scene, is that the Nelson family has just moved from somewhere else to Kentucky.

As he’s putting his daughter’s shoes on, she turns up the TV volume via remote control, as the news coverage of 9-11 occurs.

In an effective use of editing, and cutting to another parallel scene, Chief Warrant Officer Spencer’s early morning field exercises are cut short by the arrival of an Army Humvee whereby the driver says “Oh, you haven’t heard what’s going on?” This starts the Inciting Incident of the film, and is the main story device for the remainder of the story.

The film continues at the Army Office, where Mitch appears and asks to go overseas, which Rob Reggle’s character tells him that he’s been assigned to “desk duty, permanently.” Meanwhile, CWO Spencer hasn’t given his official notice to retire from the armed forces, and tears the paperwork in front of Rob Reggle’s character. This forces Rob’s character to deploy Nelson’s group to Afghanistan, beginning at 2200 hours.

… SPOILER ALERT still in effect …

In terms of story, characters, plotlines, surprises … was the story predictable?

Yes and no.

Yes, it was predictable, as this is the story of Men going to war, with a different enemy. If you’re a War film buff, then the montages never seem to change, other than the faces are different. And, the enemy is still the enemy.

No, the characters were brought to life on-screen a little differently, as this is the declassified story of the Horse Soldiers. Their story is different than other armed forces units from other military branches of service, seen in other films, such as Thank You for Your Service, No Greater Love, The Wall, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot or 13 Hours. Most of the current war stories were based from a book, except for No Greater Love, which is a documentary with actual war and post-war footage (non-dramatized).

Interestingly enough, some of the actresses are feeling a need to make these types of films inside Hollywood, most notably, Executive Producer Tina Fey with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and Amy Schumer’s donation of her profits from Thank You for Your Service to the Active Duty Military Veteran’s Fund.

The plotlines are also different, as there are many ways to tell the War Story. Some of the evocative stories are starting to shed the light on happens to the Men, but also the post-War efforts, as they reacclimate in the USA.

Is there a surprise to their mission? Does anyone make it back alive to the USA?

Yes and no.

Yes, because, as you’d expect, the USA air strikes continued for several days in country, as the Groups work together, taking out the Taliban’s armory, with the main target being their stronghold. Hiding in the high-altitude mountains, most people didn’t have the stamina to survive at 10,000 feet.

This was seen in the “Transport” scene, when one of the alpha Army guys throws up mid-air, before hitting the ground. I was really surprised that no one had nosebleeds on-screen, as this is what normally would occur first with a change from sea level to 10,000 feet, along with light-headedness and nausea.

And, no, in the way the story is told, there were not many surprises to the War Story.

Yes, everyone who’s still alive, makes it back to the USA. Including medi-vac’d CWO Spencer.

What happens to the Friendly horse solider group?

After Dostrum carries out his personal vengeance on Passan (who’s called “Son of Dog,” by Dostrum in their native language), he’s a fair man, and understands that his fight was never with the Americans, only with the War-torn lands and the other War lords.

As shown in the film’s ending Optical, the Friendly horse soldiers just go on surviving.

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My Advanced Film Screening Experience

My reaction to this advanced film screening can be summed up in two words: Very powerful.

1. How would I rate it, against other “Hometown Heroes” films?

2. Film notables

3. The film audience members

4. The Concession Special

How it rates

From a purely Film Screening perspective, it was at 100% capacity. One “Uncle and Aunty” couple arrived at the Dole Cannery at 11am on the day of the screening, and brought their own Beach chairs with individual cupholder, and spread their picnic blanket on the ground for lunch. This is really showing film devotion.

Compared to the other “Hometown Heroes” films of 2017, the theme is being carried forward, with a different branch of service, on a certain mission. Seeing the film’s effect on veterans, it really makes me more thankful and appreciative of our US Armed Forces.

Giving it a Pineapple Points rating of 4 out of 5 pineapples.

TrueFact: Per Regal Dole Cannery’s General Manager Chris Sey, the Advanced Screening was overbooked, that 30 to 40 people were turned away at the door. Chris says they were given Special Passes, to compensate for the overbooking. Special Passes are good to see any movie on any day of the week.

Film notables

There were no Trailers. Spliced out. No recording devices allowed inside the theatre, as the distributor doesn’t want any illegal recordings.

As noted throughout this Hub, the acting, cinematography and many action sequences were good. I really liked the Overhead camera shot, edited together in slow motion using Avid.

  • Directing was dramatic.
  • Writing was good, showing the War Story with that Western Feeling.
  • Film editing combined with visual effects provided by ILM, was really good in the “Salvo” scene. Its look was better than Iron Man, when Tony Stark demonstrates “The Jericho,” because the salvos really showed a lunar effect, as it was launched from ground to air.

Film stock used is going to become more apparent, when I see this film in IMAX 2D on Opening Weekend. I will let you know.

The film audience members, including my non-Plus One Guest

I didn’t have the opportunity to have a Plus One, perhaps because of the nature of the film, or the venue that it was being hosted at. Which the Guest Checker adjusted in the Scanner program, so someone else could have the reserved seat.

The film audience members were appreciative film people. This is akin to those Film Fans who attended the Blade Runner Double Feature on October 5th, 2017, who were pretty quiet for nearly 6 hours of good film.

The 12 Strong film people were a mature audience, and we made accommodations for one another, as one Aunty and her husband didn’t want to sit in the First Row, craning her neck throughout the 2H plus screening. Capacity-wise, this was just a little fuller than my previous screening of The Hitman’s Bodyguard inside the same screen number. That’s just coincidental, really. The screening was sold out, that I had to lay my Backpack on my lap throughout the presentation.

The Concession Special

Isn’t this one of the main reasons why people go to the movies?

Being hosted at one of my favorite theatre locations, I had a wide variety of food choices. After all, this is the biggest screen theatre on Oahu. It was a hard choice deciding what to eat, as I had already seen a movie prior to 12 Strong’s Advanced Screening. I decided on the Pepperoni Pizza, for the action story that was about to unfold. Unfortunately, the Concession Line was long, so I skipped the Movie Entrée.

Based on a recommendation from Chris Sey, I really like the Popcornopolis. It is so much better tasting than the regular popcorn, because it’s made with non-GMO corn, and minimal sugar with no added salt. If you ever find yourself bored with the standard Buttered popcorn, you must try Popcornoplis. There are two flavors: Caramel Corn and Zebra. The triangular shaped bag is pretty handy, as I normally place it inside my Backpack side pocket, so I can reach over into the next seat, and nibble as the movie plays on.

Normally, one bag lasts for a two-hour film, and the only time I didn’t finish a Popcornopolis was during the Premiere Night of Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, in RealD 3D. The action and story was really good, that I actually stopped munching and drinking my bottled water, becoming engrossed with SW8 story.

TrueFact: SW8 has already grossed over $1 billion dollars worldwide, inside of its 1st month of Theatrical release. According to BoxOfficeMojo, the format that was most seen was 3D.

Mahalo Plenty

Thank you to all the neat film people I met at this event. I would have loved to be able to meet everyone in the audience, but with a 100% attendance rate, this would not have been possible to circulate the event, and still have a fun time!

Thank you to the Dole Cannery Theatre Management for hosting the event. This is the 2nd Film Screening I’ve attended at this location, with the first one being The Hitman’s Bodyguard on Opening Weekend, hosted by AARP Hawaii. Also, thanks to Warner Bros., the film’s distributor, for providing the guests with an opportunity to view this film, before its USA wide release date of Friday, January 19th, 2018.

Hoping to see more Special Events during 2018. When 12 Strong premieres in theatres, I hope you will have the chance to view this film, as indicated by my film review.

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Sistah, why are you always running from gig to gig?

Schedule-wise, I’ll be in back-to-back audits on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Pearlridge West Theatres 16 and Regal Dole Cannery 18, covering 4 new features for the 3-day MLK holiday weekend. If you’re wondering what films they are and what they look like, please visit my other Media Site, which is the anti-thesis of my Hubpage.

I’ve included the external link below, so by clicking it, you’ll be leaving hubpages. Until next week’s review, please take care. Wishing you lots of aloha, Pam

© 2018 Pam Freeman

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