Intense, edge of your seat action, with a dash of American patriotism… I give 13 hours an A. Imagine a place where you can’t tell who is on your side and who might try to kill you. Everyone seems to know what is going on but you. And when you call for help, no one answers.
13 Hours is based on the true story of six security team members who put their lives on the line during a raid on a covert CIA base and United States outpost in Benghazi, Libya. Benghazi became a household word with the death of the Ambassador and the questions that the US government had for Hillary Clinton about the State Department’s involvement or lack of involvement.
Directed by Michael Bay of Transformers and Armageddon fame, 13 Hours uses music and shadowy images to show the dangerous conditions the security team faced. Your heart will beat and the adrenaline will flow as you try to guess along with the characters, who are the enemy and who are helping. And even though you know how things played out in the news, you will be shocked at what you didn’t know.
The movie feels like another American Sniper where we celebrate the men who stand for America. Avoiding the politics, the focus of the movie is on the strong men who had families back home, wives and children but when called by a “brother” they go without asking.
Featuring John Karsinski as John Silva, one of the security operatives. This is a big change from his part in The Office but he does a wonderful job. He’s bulked and bearded. With a cast of most no big names, the characters come through…as opposed to the actors and the story. Certainly, at the end of this movie you will leave feeling grateful for those six men and the many others like them who are willing to stand and fight.
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