It’s exciting to see Michael Bay take on a new style of film that seems so perfectly suited for him.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldier of Benghazi is the true story of the disastrous 2012 attack on US diplomatic outpost in Libya, and the six brave American soldiers who fought to defend the compound.
The film captures sincere brotherhood between soldiers, their defiance of order, and in true Bay fashion, explosions and senseless violence.
The complex and compelling nature of the story proved to be a difficult obstacle for Bay to portray, but he did effectively capture the madness of the attack.
The audience is drawn into two hours of unrelenting tension, with many fast paced shots of war torn surroundings and indistinguishable enemies and civilians.
It also steers clear of any political association and primarily focuses on action. The script falls short of believable dialogue but viewers are quickly distracted from such a fact with more shoot-outs and palpable tension.
The film embellishes a lot of facts that if the viewer wanted a true recount they should check out the non-fiction novel of the same name.
Yet, if you want high action, Michael Bay military movie, you will not be disappointed.
Words by Laura Hitchins
Image by Paramount Pictures
Details: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi | 144 minutes | Release Date 25th February