Movie Review- 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi written by Mitchell Zuckoff is based off the eye witness testimony of the CIA annex team that were stationed in Benghazi, Libya on September 11th, 2012.

Director Michael Bay and screenwriter Chuck Hogan bring the story to cinema with 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. This biopic and war film stars James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber Toby Stephens, Alexia Barlier, and others to create this epic movie.

I will not describe the plot of the movie because I want you to see it. It is a harrowing true story of how a group of United States paramilitary operators, CIA undercover agents, and civilian officers tried to save embassy personnel in Benghazi. How no help came. How the State Department, the President, and the White House Administration abandoned American citizens who were under siege.

It is a shame that Michael Bay sometimes makes trashy action films, because 13 Hours is a brilliant movie. It avoids politics, but tells the story of the heroes of Benghazi and how they were literally left behind. The acting of the leads is brilliant.

The only “problem” with the film is the lead-up to the attack. At times, I could not feel the danger that the personnel were in leading up to that fateful morning.

Other than that, the film is an excellent tribute to the heroic actions of as Jack Silva, Mark “Oz” Geist, John “Tig” Tiegen, Kris “Tanto” Paronto, and Dave “Boon” Benton.

FAVORITE QUOTE: You can’t put a price on being able to live with yourself.

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Foul language and terrorism related violence

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