The film13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is the true story of the events that unfolded in Benghazi Libya on September 11th, 2012. The movie focuses on CIA outpost stationed in Benghazi and the private security team of ex-special forces soldiers and gives an in depth account of the attack on the United States embassy and CIA outpost that occurred on September 11th.
Bishop’s Review (9.5/10):
I had been looking forward to this movie since I first saw the trailer several months ago, I love movies focusing on our military and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi does not disappoint.
I’m always skeptical of movies that claim to be true stories because I know real life isn’t usually THAT interesting so I always expect true stories to be stories based on a true event but embellished wildly so as to entertain the audience. I think for the most part this movie is accurate, though maybe the timing of events were different in real life compared to how they were in the movie, obviously not all details of the attacks have been made known to the public (and I’m assuming Michael Bay) so some inaccuracy is assured. In the movie <spoiler> the security personnel killed dozens of Libyan militants </spoiler>, I’m not sure if this was actually the case or not.
Being a Michael Bay film we expected there to be plenty of explosions, we got exactly what we expected. The firefights in this movie were done very well, most of the gunfire took place at night and the use of tracer rounds made the cinematography quite stunning. The effects were top-notch and very realistic. I wasn’t really sure how Michael Bay would fare directing a movie like this, I’ve gotten so used to his Transformers movies which aren’t at all serious that I was worried he wouldn’t be able pull this one off in all its seriousness, there were lots of jokes involved in the camaraderie of the special forces guys, but I imagine that’s what it really is like if you’re stationed abroad with a bunch of people who become good friends. I definitely think Michael Bay did a good job directing 13 Hours.
On top of the special effects and directing I really have to applaud the acting. I had seen James Badge Dale in the television series 24 a long time ago, I had also seen him play a CIA analyst in the short-lived but amazing (in my opinion) television series Rubicon, I knew he was a versatile actor and 13 Hours reaffirms this. What surprised me was how well John Krasinski played the role of ex-special forces badass, I had seen him obviously in The Office and knew he had done chick-flick type movies but I never knew he could be a serious dramatic/action actor, I guess he just needed the role. The other actors also did a great job, really top-class from everyone.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi was very frustrating to watch, this movie needed to be made because people need to realize what happened. We have assets overseas in hostile territory and we don’t support them. Those four Americans did not need to die on September 11th, 2012… If additional support was authorized attack would have been quashed much earlier, the ambassador would have been saved and the CIA assets would have been able to exfil sooner and avoid the second attack. Even if the support wasn’t initially authorized this really would have been a case of “better late than never”, even a gunship (as requested by the US assets) would have been helpful in preventing the second attack… Unfortunately <spoiler> no US support ever came, the most technologically advanced, strongest military in the world was not utilized by our government to assist our assets </spoiler>. I can only imagine if it weren’t for the team of highly trained security personnel on site that there would have been zero survivors.
It really is frustrating, even shameful that we now have people operating in such lawless places who are there I’m sure under the false assumption that the US would step in and save them, well under the current admin I guess that’s not the case. God forbid we send in support and make it look like an area we claimed was ‘stable’ was anything but. This is SHAMELESS. It also has to make one think, we removed Gaddafi, we removed Hussein and both of those places fell into the hands of terrorists… Maybe we should just stop overthrowing horrible dictators, the people we set ‘free’ don’t like us anymore and as a result the area becomes a land ruled by lawless, irrational thugs instead of a land ruled with law by a horrible but predictable leader…
I give 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi a 9.5/10, if you like US military movies than you’ll like this one, if you’re a patriots and support our armed forces than I’ll be shocked if you don’t leave this feeling angry at the lack of support our government gave our overseas forces.
Cleetus’ Review (9/10):
When I heard the term Benghazi said in reference to Hillary Clinton’s emails, I wasn’t sure exactly what they were referring to until I saw this movie. I’m disappointed with our government’s actions in this case and it puzzles me as to why they failed to act. I think it had to do in part with a lot of people’s huge egos unwilling to let anyone under their authority make calls that they are not authorized to do.