13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI

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13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI
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BY THE COMMANDER
2 (out of 4 stars)
 

You've heard about it in the news, you've watched the congressional hearings, you've heard it mentioned in the presidential debates, and if you're not tired of it by now, you can watch Michael Bay's interpretation of what happened in Benghazi with the storming of the U.S. Embassy culminating in the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

 

While this is a power-packed action film, it's not a very good one, which is unfortunate, because James Badge Dale is one of my favorite actors, but for some reason he seems to always end up dead in his latest movies.  Whether the story is accurate or not, whether the events actually occurred as portrayed in the film, really doesn’t matter.  The film just ends up becoming more of a ‘Custard’s Last Stand’ type of drama.  The Director put in some personal character scenes, such as video chatting with their families through their phones, but once the action sequences started, all it became was firing one bullet after another while screaming orders.  

 

The script was poorly written, the direction was action-based, and the film seemed to go on forever.  I kept looking at my watch trying to figure out when this would all end.  Other than a few of the characters, we never felt a connection with the cast and definitely not the ambassador.  A much better film to watch with the same basic storyline is Fury (2014).  Instead of being held up in an embassy surrounded by insurgents, they’re broken down in a tank in WWII surrounded by Germans.

 

If you're a gun nut, love the smell of machine oil, get excited by the feel of ammunition caressing your palms and can't wait to fire off an AK-47, then this movie is for you.  In fact, this film could actually be used as recruiting material for your local military contractor, black ops company.  Better bring two large buckets of popcorn.  You never want to be left holding an empty piece.

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