Film Reviews

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Bengazi (2016)

13 hours

Starring: John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale

Director: Michael Bay

If you’ve seen a Michael Bay movie you’ll know that they’re a lot like watching a cartoon and this is no exception. Purporting to tell the true story of one night in Libya where 6 members of a security team must save everyone in a US compound.

The film has plenty of shots of men posing with guns while saying “cool” lines awkwardly, against a sun set or an American flag, or whatever. It’s full of drone shots, and some very badly graded action sequences. The scene where the sun is rising hilariously goes from dark to light and back over and over again. There’s a lot here that doesn’t make sense, and it’s a little hard to keep track of what’s going on.

But that said, it’s a Michael Bay action film, so you know what to expect. It promises to be big, loud, patriotic, the little guy sticking it to the man, a team of good guys saving the day, and it does all those things. In that sense, it delivers on what it promises. There are certainly better films around, but it’s big on guns and explosions. It’s having fun, and if you like this kind of thing, I think you will have fun too.

See It If: you like Michael Bay, or you’re a 12 year old boy. It’s fun but lacking in substance.

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