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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Dylan Johnson, Story Writer

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is the true story of the attacks on the US embassy in Benghazi on September 11.

A team of six CIA recruits is put the ultimate test when a group of Islamic militants stage an attack on a United States compound in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. The team’s main goal is to protect the US ambassador from the attack.The team puts up a good fight, but is starting to lose men around the 13th hour of fighting. The groups fight for 13 hours straight until the United States sends in a rescue team to escort the group out of the compound.

Some of the key members of the cast include James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Toby Stephens, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, Peyman Moaadi, and David Constabile. All of the casting choices feel thoughtful and each member embodies their character fantastically. Even though the movie surrounds a team of six members, the clears standouts are John Krasinki’s character “Jack”, and James Badge Dale’s character “Rone”. The duo shows obvious chemistry through both their acting and their relationship in the film. One problem that was reoccurring was that the good guys where hard to tell apart from the bad guys, but this minor issue didn’t take away from the rest of the film.

Michael Bay does an excellent job conveying an emotional significance in the film, more so than his other projects. When each soldier talks to their families, you can feel the emotional connection that they share. These emotional sections of the film also give breathing room to the audience from the constant action without ruining the heavily action influenced tone of the film.

As far as the filming style of the movie goes, the film succeeds when the camera isn’t violently shaking nonstop. However, the action is mostly captured through a successful viewpoint that doesn’t give you a headache.



In Loving memory of

Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods

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