Review : 13 Hours – The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi


“An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.”

So, there are two ways to view this movie. One way, is to compare the events and narrative here to what was reported on as actually having happened in Benghazi at that time period, and the events that followed. Or, you can view this simply as a movie based on a true story, but a movie at the end of the day, that was meant to entertain and be a great watching experience. Michael Bay is usually a really polarising director. People usually either love or hate his work. That being said, he definitely has a very distinctive style, that no matter what you think about it, or what the movie is about, you WILL notice and you have to take that into consideration. 13 hours, as a socio-political commentary, severely lacks a deft and subtle touch in its film making, however, as I said earlier, thats if you look at it from that perspective. The view from the other side of the tracks, is actually pretty effing awesome. It could be because Bay is constrained in that this is a human story, and human movie, and as such there is only so much he can blow up and it can only be done in certain ways, and those constraints REALLY help the action in this movie. Its fast paced when it needs to be, but it slows down to give us time to breathe also. I also don’t think since The Rock, have I seen Bay be able deliver such real and great tension. They’re even some of the signature Bay slow-mos here, but this time, they are done in a way that delivers and leaves you on the edge of your seat. At the end of the day, this is really two different movies, and what you’re going to think of this movie depends on which view point you take. Mine personally, I really enjoyed this movie for what it was, and for what was presented to me. There are some characters that are made out to be caricatures, and a few other tropes of Michael Bay, but there is good in that also, and that good is exciting and energetic and gripping and real.

Review Score : 8.5 out of 10


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