13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Review
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
15 Jan 2016
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
According to Director..
Michael Bay claimed that what attracted him to this project was that he had used military veterans turned contractors in all of his films as both actors and technical advisers, and he felt he would be uniquely qualified to tell their story
According to William Friedkin.
Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin tweeted on Jan. 7th 2016: “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016) is a powerful film that raises important questions that need to be answered”.
MASTERPIECE FOR REAL MAN
It’s among the most realistic combat movies. Reminded me of the last part of Zero Dark Thirty, but going on for much longer.
“The Greatest Modern Warfare Movie”
Bay’s best piece of cinematography.
However, I must say I that this movie is on a scale to its own. Forget the Director for a second and understand that this is one piece of beautiful film. I felt as being part in what was happening in the movie. Emotional journey mixed with suspense, action and STORY.
I would suggest this movie to anybody who would like to know what happened on the 11th September 2012 in Benghazi. A must watch as I will surely watch it again.
The beginning of GOOD Michael Bay movie?
This is the kind of work Michael Bay should focus on. Instead of aiming his movies at the lowest common detonator he should be growing as a filmmaker and tackling different subjects.
However since this is his lowest grossing film the new Michael Bay era might be over before it even begins
It’s a shame, movies like these don’t make money
After so many popcorn and cola flicks, finally Michael Bay came to the party and boy, did he deliver. I am not really sure of the authenticity of the Benghazi incident and don’t really care either. It’s a movie, not a documentary and it entertained me thoroughly.
I just hope that it doesn’t discourage Mr. Bay from sticking to this kinda cinema!
This movie has no political tones whatsoever..In fact, it has all the ingredients to make it political – CIA, Libya, Ambassador assassination, etc. but not does once any character mention anything related to politics.
9.5/10 Excellent Movie. Best War Film Since Saving Private Ryan
Or Black Hawk Down.
. I did enjoy some of his 90’s flicks though, like The Rock, it was excellent. But 13 Hours is perhaps Bay’s best movie, yet.
The actors are good, but it still cannot compare to the action, effects and the hard work that went into this.
You feel like you’re there. Absolutely, one of the best war films in the past 15 year. “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is a stunning achievement for Michael Bay.
Regardless of how much MONEY it’s making, it is still the best war movie ive seen in years.
Michael bay and all those associated with this film should be very proud.
This was a proper Action movie, well done! Everyone should go see it in cinema.
This is a must buy on Blu-ray.
13 Hours is absolutely riveting, and yes I felt like I was right there the whole time
It is a quality product
Excellent account of what really happened
I just watched the movie today and was very impressed overall.
Solid acting, tight script with crisp direction by Michael Bay
and I am now so convinced as the events depicted are really
what went down in Benghazi in Sept. 2012. If Hilary Clinton
has not seen it by now then she really ought to watch it as
it really told the real truth about the events. Our former
ambassador did not deserve to die nor did the other three
men in the compound. They sacrificed themselves to do what
they had to do in time of crisis
Three survivors who were actually involved in what happened have already praised the movie
Why were there no US Marines to protect Ambassdor Stevens
For decades all US embassies, consulates & legations have been guarded
by Marine Corps security guards whose primary duty is to provide
security for both our ambassador/senior consulate official and staff.
So in Benghazi in Sept. 2012 why were there no active duty Marines
posted to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens and the rest? Someone
posted here that prior to the tragedy the Republican members of
congress had cut funding for security of our embassies & consulates.
Why were there private security contractors in place instead of
active duty Marines?
The U.S. embassy in Tripoli was guarded by U.S. Marines, however the ambassador’s compound in Benghazi was considered an outpost. As such, when Ambassador Stevens visited Benghazi in September 2012, he did so under the protection of a handful of State Department diplomatic security agents, rather than private security contractors.
The security contractors prominently portrayed in this film were tasked with protection of the CIA annex in Benghazi, not the ambassador’s outpost.
Was not anti-Libyan at all….
I’ve seen a few posts from Libyans who say this is an unfair portrayal of Libyans. I didn’t get that sense at all. Yes, the attackers were portrayed as scum who deserved their fate, but most Libyans are portrayed as normal people.
In real life, after the attack, the Libyan people showed incredible courage….
In the days after the attack, The New York Times stated that young Libyans had flooded Twitter with pro-American messages after the attacks
There were demonstrations in Benghazi and Tripoli on September 12, condemning the violence and holding signs such as “Chris Stevens was a friend to all Libyans,” “Benghazi is against terrorism,”
Carrying signs with slogans such as “We Want Justice For Chris” and “Libya Lost a Friend,”
Protesters stormed several militia headquarters, including that of Ansar al-Sharia, an Islamist militia who some allege played a role in the attack on U.S. diplomatic personnel on September 11. At least 10 people were killed and dozens more wounded as militiamen fired on demonstrators at the headquarters of Sahaty Brigade, a pro-government militia “operating under the authority of the ministry of defense.
By early next morning, the protesters had forced militia members to flee and seized control of a number of compounds, releasing four prisoners found inside.
So, all I can say is…thank you to the Libyan people for their kind words, their efforts to defeat terrorism, and an especially big thank you to those Libyans who took Ambassador Stevens to the hospital and tried to save his life.
Any questions about whether or not it is “anti-Libya” should be answered in the final scenes when the woman shows her note to the news camera, and the statement about how many Libyans mourned for our ambassador
RT/Meta Critic Review
13 hours is pure Michael Bay. Adrenalin, brotherhood, honesty, patriotism, family. (Click here to see)