Main Plot Points:
- From director Michael Bay, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is the gripping true story of six elite ex-military operators assigned to protect the CIA who fought back against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012.
- When everything went wrong, six men had the courage to do what was right. Based on the nonfiction book “13 Hours” by New York Times bestselling author Mitchell Zuckoff and Members of the Annex Security Team.
What We Thought:
- 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a pretty intense ride. It’s a toned down Michael Bay film based on the true story in Benghazi.
- If you aren’t familiar with the story, because our government really doesn’t want to talk about it, a US diplomatic compound was overrun by rebels and when our government didn’t want to do much about it, six ex-soldiers who were contracted security, went in to try to rescue the diplomat. The fighting then found its way to a CIA base that our government tried to say they didn’t know about. These men held down the fort until backup finally got there. True American heroes that do not get the respect they deserve because our government wants it off the record.
- Sounds super political, but I have to give it to Michael Bay for not making it too political. He takes a few indirect shots at the people in command without naming names. He lets the audience know our government didn’t do a whole lot for these guys till it was much too late, but again, without dropping a name. I can respect that.
- As for the film itself, I liked it. I’m a pro-military person with military family so it’s directed towards me, but even if you don’t know military members, the film is intense and dramatic and you want to see these men and everyone around them survive.
- John Krasinski got real big for the film. He wasn’t the classic overweight funny man, but he wasn’t cut like this. He was in shape, but dude got into military shape big time. He looks the role for sure. I think we’ll see a lot more dramatic roles for him because of it.
- James Badge Dale is very good in this as well. He’s a very underrated actor to me. He has a great resume, but hopefully this gets him more work as well. It was funny seeing David Denman fight side by side with Krasinski because they “hated” each other in The Office. Pablo Schreiber was really funny as Tanto and Max Martini is always fantastic in these types of roles. From The Unit to Captain Phillips, Martini is made for soldier parts.
- The only major issue I had with the movie was its look. It looked way too digital to me. Yes I know Bay is the guy behind films like Transformers and he’s known for over the top CGI and what not, but it wasn’t the CGI and special effects that bothered me, it was the actual digital look of the film. In fact I thought Bay really toned down his usual special effects in your face filmmaking and made a realistic film. It’s just a personal preference, but I think war movies should be gritty looking, dirty, tense. This looked way too pristine and clean.
- If you liked American Sniper or especially Lone Survivor, do yourself a favor and see 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. If you don’t walk out feeling the outmost respect for these heroic, brave men, then there’s something wrong with you. Leave all your political beliefs at the door and see what true heroes are.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- John Krasinski
- James Badge Dale
- Max Martini
- Director Michael Bay
Recommended if You Like:
- Lone Survivor
- American Sniper
- Blackhawk Down