How I Saw This Film...
For those that are concerned that this film would be saddled with an political agenda or is a message movie out to assign blame to one political party, I can clearly say that those fears are unfounded. 13 Hours is a solid modern military thriller that is most likely Michael Bay's best film with brilliant direction, solid acting, and incredible visuals. 13 Hour is film with an crackling kinetic energy that reminds me of Black Hawk Down in both style and emotion. There is much more than just gunfire here, 13 Hours is a film about frontline intelligence, private military contractors, the chaos of Libya, and the fluidity of the modern battlefield. I was also impressed with the realism paid to the relationship between the security contractors and the CIA staff, along with the behavior and language of the PMCs. Overall, this film ranks up there with some of the best modern military films, and everyone in front of and behind the camera does A+ work to remember the fallen and honor the living. This could be one of the better movies of 2016,
There is very little I have to say negative about this film...which is more than I can say for The Force Awakens. But, there is three minor points. One being the scene where Islamic militias breach the compound and fired their AKs into an American film. Now, I am not saying that this did not happen, it most likely did, but it seemed too contrived in the movie and it cause an massive emotion outpour in the stadium. Second, the film is an emotional rollercoaster, like Black Hawk Down, but the very last of the film is a little flat and disorganized.
Should You See 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi?
YES! If you are fan of modern military thrillers like Lone Survivor, Black Hawk Down, Act of Valor, and Tears of the Sun, than 13 Hours is your kind of film and worth of your time. This is one of those films that needs to be experienced on the big screen with a theater with proper sound. Go see this and experience the emotion and the power of Michael Bay's best film. I plan on buying this on Blu-Ray and enjoying for years to come. Go. See. This. Film.
My Photos from the Premier at Cowboy AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas