13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is an action thriller based on the 2014 non-fiction book written by journalist Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team. The film depicts the harrowing true story of the attack on a CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, which killed four Americans. After the assault begins, a U.S. Special Ops team are sent to the annex to protect those still trapped within the compound. Directed by Michael Bay, the film stars John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, and Pablo Schreiber. ~ Tom Ciampoli, Rovi
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale, Max Martini, Toby Stephens
Release Date: Jan 15, 2016
Rated R for strong combat violence throughout, bloody images, and language.
Runtime: 2 hr. 24 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Suspense/Thriller
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a surprisingly mature and somewhat restrained effort from bombastic director Michael Bay. It still has many of the hallmarks of most of Bay’s work but it’s not as garish as it’s been in his most recent films. Bay doesn’t take any time before he throws the audience into a series of well choreographed action sequences which make up the better part of the films runtime. The characters don’t get nearly as much time as they deserve to get properly fleshed out and what little characterization there is falls into some well worn clichés. It’s a shame Bay didn’t spend more time with some of these characters because John Krasinski and James Badge Dale are game with their performances. You get the feeling that if they had a bit more to work with we might have had something more meaningful. As it is Bay gives us a solid auctioneer that feels like a modern day Alamo on more than a few occasion. It’s a tad overlong and some clunky dialogue hampers some of the slower sections. Even though it’s an imperfect film it still qualifies as one of Michael Bay’s best films in recent memory.