13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016) – Michael Bay delivers.

Michael Bay, the guy who directed four, let’s call them not terrible but they sure weren’t likeable, Transformers movies goes back to his action/thriller roots (remember the great Bad Boys and even better The Rock).

On Sept. 11, 2012, militants attack the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya were they end up killing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and Sean Smith, an IT specialist for the US Service. A couple of kilometers from that location the Annex Security Team (James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini and Pablo Schreiber) is located, former soldiers assigned to protect operatives and diplomats in the city. They were told to stand done and not respond to the assault. Eventually they disobey that order and try to help the rest of the American citizens who are at the U.S. Consulate. And that is when the gunfights really kick in and the soldiers need to defend themselves against the upcoming militants. 

Question I had when i watched this movie; it’s a political movie disguised as a drama, timed to the start of a presidential election this year? Probably it is, but honoustly it is a good movie. Action packed and thank god not a lot of American flags in this movie, which is a typical Michael Bay thing. This time the Americans are damaged and they are not the winners, from my point of view they cannot even win this war what is going on at the time. But that is another discussion. Michael Bay delivers an political action packed movie with decent acting. After this he goes back to robots, I really wonder why.

4 out of 5 on our #SaltedPopcorn scale

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