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13 Hours: the Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

  • Documentary and factual
  • Thriller
  • 2016
  • Michael Bay
  • 144 mins
  • 15

Summary

Action thriller based on a true story, starring John Krasinski and James Badge Dale. In 2012, six members of a security team fight to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, from a deadly wave of attacks by militants.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Jack Da SilvaJohn Krasinski
Tyrone "Rone" WoodsJames Badge Dale
Kris "Tanto" ParontoPablo Schreiber
Dave "Boon" BentonDavid Denman
John "Tig" TiegenDominic Fumusa
Mark "Oz" GeistMax Martini
Glen "Bub" DohertyToby Stephens
Ambassador Chris StevensMatt Letscher
DS Scott WicklandDavid Giuntoli
BobDavid Costabile

Crew

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DirectorMichael Bay

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2016-01-29
Languages
English | Arabic
Guidance
violence, swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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