13 Hours: the Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 Hours: the Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Michael Bay (2016)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Transformers director Michael Bay calls his blow-by-blow procedural detailing the 2012 terrorist attack on a US compound in Libya his "most real movie". But it has more in common with the jingoism of Rambo than the sobering analysis of something like Black Hawk Down. Bay treats the adaptation of Mitchell Zuckoff's politically divisive book (written in conjunction with Annex Security Team survivors) in simplistic terms: it's basically The Alamo, only in Benghazi. Focusing on the six freelancers hired by the CIA to protect key US personnel after the fall of Gaddafi, these Global Response Staff soldiers swiftly move into gun-blazing action when a woefully safeguarded ambassador comes under fire from Islamists, a flashpoint attack that spreads to the makeshift US Embassy. Aside from mawkish family flashbacks, this wonky tribute to heroic courage works best when being visually dynamic and brutally immersive in its sensational combat sequences. And with Bay adding extra arresting value via expert hand-held camerawork and rapid-fire editing, it's certainly hard to ignore.


A US embassy in Libya comes under attack from extremists, who kill the ambassador. With no help in sight, a small band of CIA security operatives from various military backgrounds takes a stand to fight off the attackers and protect the remaining diplomatic personnel. Fact-based action thriller, starring John Krasinski and James Badge Dale.

Cast & Crew

Jack Da Silva John Krasinski
Tyrone "Rone" Woods James Badge Dale
Kris "Tanto" Paronto Pablo Schreiber
Dave "Boon" Benton David Denman
John "Tig" Tiegen Dominic Fumusa
Mark "Oz" Geist Max Martini
Glen "Bub" Doherty Toby Stephens
Ambassador Chris Stevens Matt Letscher
DS Scott Wickland David Giuntoli
Bob David Costabile
Director Michael Bay
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Jan 2016