2018 Military Movie Breakdown

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Military Movies 2018 | War Movies

As if to borrow momentum from 2017 Oscar-winner “Dunkirk,” 2018 is another promising year for military movies. Adapted from autobiographical sources, memoirs, best-selling true stories, and award-winning theatrical productions, the depth and richness of the source material could turn many of these movies into must-sees. Let’s take a look at what’s already been released and what’s still in store for 2018.



Based on a best-selling book, the full title of this film is “12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers.” It’s the harrowing story of Cpt. Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth), who led one of the first units of the Special Forces on deployment into Afghanistan immediately following the events of 9/11. To get started, the troops must work with rebel Afghan forces and quickly learn how to fight on horseback. The supporting cast includes Michael Peña, Michael Shannon, and Rob Riggle, who is a real-life Marine Corps veteran.

Release Date: January 19, 2018

  • Critic Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 54%
  • Audience Score (Rotten Tomatoes): 64%
  • IMDB User Ratings: 6.6 out of 10

Journey’s End

“Journey’s End” is the fifth cinematic adaptation of the award-winning play written by R.C. Sherriff. Set in the Battle of Aisne in 1918 during World War I, Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin, and Asa Butterfield deliver powerful performances as British soldiers awaiting a German attack, who must keep their composure as the pressure mounts.

Although production hit a few stumbling blocks along the way, this gritty, deeply personal depiction of trench warfare earned critical acclaim, with a worldwide release marking the 100-year anniversary of the Spring Offensive.

Release Date: February 2, 2018 (UK)

  • Critic Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 92%
  • Audience Score (Rotten Tomatoes): 77%
  • IMDB User Ratings: 6.6 out of 10


In 2015, Spencer Stone was trying to find his place in the Air Force; Alek Skarlatos was deployed in Afghanistan with the Army; and Anthony Sadler was studying kinesiology at Sacramento State University. The three had been friends since middle school and decided to meet up for a European vacation before going their separate ways.

When train 9364 departed from Amsterdam to Paris, they had no idea they were about to become heroes. Based on their autobiographical book, “The 15:17 to Paris” details their lives and the events that led up to the 2015 Thalys train attack, where the trio’s quick thinking and selfless actions saved the lives of potentially hundreds of people.

Alongside Jenna Fischer and Judy Greer, legendary director Clint Eastwood decided to cast the three men to play themselves.

Release Date: February 9, 2018

  • Critic Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 24%
  • Audience Score (Rotten Tomatoes): 40%
  • IMDB User Ratings: 5.1 out of 10



Operation Abilene is considered one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. As an Air Force medic during the fight, William Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine) heroically saved the lives of more than 60 Marines, and made the ultimate sacrifice after refusing to evacuate the ambush.

“The Last Full Measure” follows Pentagon investigator Scott Huffman (Sebastian Stan), who teams up with a group of Vietnam veterans for a new mission: convincing Congress to award Pitsenbarger the Medal of Honor.

The film is currently in post-production, and the supporting cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Bradley Whitford, Ed Harris, and Peter Fonda.

Release Date: 2018 (TBD)


Based on a New York Times best-selling memoir, “Tough As They Come” tells the story of Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills (Adam Driver), who is one of only a handful of service members ever to survive a quadruple amputation. Upon returning home, he must learn to live with his new prosthetic body and reconcile his personal relationship with his step-father, Craig (Sylvester Stallone).

Stallone doubles as both a supporting cast member and director in this film, which was originally slated for 2018. With time running out to start filming, don’t be surprised if it’s pushed to next year.

Release Date: 2018 (TBD)


Peter Jackson is currently in the process of making a documentary using original World War I footage from the Imperial War Museum. Complete with the original audio, the century-old images will be fully restored, colored by hand, and brought to life like never before – in 3D.

Release Date: Fall, 2018


2018 has it all – action, adventure, method acting, true stories, and raw emotion. While a couple of the movies released already weren’t all that critically acclaimed, they’ve still got heart and highlight some unique, untold stories. There may not be an Oscar-worthy standout like “Dunkirk” last year, but 2018 is certainly no slouch.

Jake Butler

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