13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Rated R 144 minutes 2016

The best thing that can be said about 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is that the words "Hillary Clinton" don't appear anywhere in it. The new Michael Bay movie depicts the 2012 attack of Libyan militants on two American compounds in the city of Benghazi, and to Bay's credit, he doesn't try to weave in a broad conspiracy plot or any political intrigue. This is a relatively mean and lean (well, as lean as 144 minutes can be) action movie with tons of pyrotechnics and almost zero context. We simply see what happened during those thirteen particular hours: shooting and shouting and grown men with beards being incrementally covered in dirt, sweat, blood, shrapnel, and honor. 13 Hours wants to be as authentic as possible, so we get one long action sequence in which we watch shit go very, very wrong. But it fails even as a basic history lesson, unless you think history lessons consist entirely of glorious warfare and noble death and brightly colored explosions. And beards (144 min.).

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Official Site: www.thirteenhoursmovie.com

Director: Michael Bay

Producer: Erwin Stoff, Michael Bay, Scott Gardenhour, Richard Abate and Matthew Cohan

Cast: James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens, Dominic Fumusa, Matt Letscher, David Denman, David Costabile, David Giuntoli, Demetrius Gross, Alexia Barlier, Peyman Moaadi, Christopher Dingli and Freddie Stroma

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