13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Michael Bay (Transformers) brings his explosion-triggering, flag-waving style of direction to this account of the six-member security team that went to the aid of Americans trapped in the embassy in Benghazi, when it came under fire. Stars John Krasinski (TV’s The Office), James Badge Dale (Iron Man 3) and Max Martini (Pacific Rim).

Post-Gaddafi Libya is well on its way to becoming a failed state when Jack Da Silva (Krasinski) arrives to take up a position as a private security contractor protecting US Embassy staff and their families. Da Silva hasn't been on the ground for long before US compounds come under attack from hundreds of militants, the armed team finding themselves the last line of defence in a lawless city lacking a formal American military presence.

2016Rating: R16, Violence & offensive language144 minsUSA
ActionTrue Story & BiographyWar
Director:
Michael Bay ('Transformers', 'Bad Boys', 'Armageddon', 'Pain & Gain')
Writer:
Chuck Hogan
Cast:
John KrasinskiPablo SchreiberToby StephensDavid DenmanMax MartiniJames Badge Dale

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi / Reviews

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

I saw Michael Bay’s latest film and I did not hate it. Choosing to leave aside key political considerations - the timing of this film depicting controversial events that have dogged a frontrunning presidential candidate and its accuracy in doing so - helps, with the results being predictably jingoistic, but still an intense watch. Yes, it’s basically a big screen Call of Duty once the gunplay commences, as a few highly-skilled and heavily-armed US military contractors do their utmost to repel waves of Islamic militants during one night in chaotic post-Gaddafi Libya.

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Variety

Variety

A nail-biter and a head-scratcher rolled into one...

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Time Out

Time Out

The final word on this incident will require a more thoughtful filmmaker. But hopefully, that artist will possess at least half of Bay’s punishing, peerless craft.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The movie is a pummeling slog - 45 minutes of setup and an eternity of relentless combat.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Abhorrent politics aside, it’s also a terrible movie.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

There’s nothing wrong with a movie that cheers American heroes. But this one does so by reducing everything else to cardboard.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The film wants us to feel, as one of the men they protect says, "I'm proud to know Americans like you," but we're never really given the opportunity.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

It's all so hateful. Hates women. Hates talking. Hates tact. Loves guns.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

He gets you there, but you know the ride could have been a lot more varied and nuanced.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

There’s a real story of American heroism somewhere in here, but it’s diluted by Bay’s worst tendencies.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Bay squanders the potential to explore the nuances of a politically sensitive issue and instead descends into a gruesome display of war porn.

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