13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Movie Review


Release Date: January 15, 2016
Director: Michael Bay
Writers: Chuck Hogan (screenplay), Mitchell Zuckoff (book)
Production Co: 3 Arts Entertainment, Dune Films, Latina Pictures
Stars: John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale
MPAA Rating: R for strong combat violence throughout, bloody images and language

Review By :Kate Oliver

Just to be clear – I am a Navy Veteran. My husband is active duty Marine. So, watching this movie, was intense for me. Intense in a good way. Though I walked out of 13 hours angry and disappointed. Not at the film. Just at the actions of our government.
Okay – enough political stuff.

Michael Bay may have redeemed himself in my book. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Transformers movies, but this one. THIS ONE. This one did it for me. I think solid actors were chosen for this movie. I am SURPRISED with John Krasinski. He was good for this movie. I am used to see him on The Office and in more comedic roles. I really liked him in this one. I was glad to see James Badge Dale on the screen again. He tugs at me a little bit. Pablo Schreiber was PERFECT as Tanto. I think he is just overall a snarky individual. I LOVE IT! If you remember him from OINTB (George “Pornstache” Mendez), he was awesome there as well. Those three stood out the most to me. It was good to see David Giuntoli on the big screen (Nick Burkhardt-Grimm).

I don’t recommend this film if you have PTSD (meaning you were in the middle east, boots on the ground being shot at or bombed at). I do think, that if you recall all the political stuff that is running around in the news, you should watch it. You should see what prior military, special forces do. You should understand that, protection is what they know. Securing a facility is second nature. The film is basically to make you aware of what went on, how shit hit the fan (pardon my expletive) and who really did something about it. There are heroes out there, but to them, they were just doing their job.

If you want to watch a comedy, go watch Ride Along 2. If you want substance, Watch this. Take it all in. However, do not take your children with you to see this.