’13 Hours’ engages audience, lacks impact


The promotional poster for “13 Hours” is created by Paramount Pictures.

Based on a series of true events, the movie “13 Hours” tells the unknown story of the American heroes of the 2012 Benghazi attack. Hundreds of Islamic militants attacked and stormed the compound where Chris Stevens, United States’ ambassador to Libya, was staying during his official visit to Benghazi.

The film recounts the incredible struggle of six valiant American security contractors who possessed the courage to do what no one else dared to do: defend the American ambassador and his staff against hundreds of insurgents, without any support from the United States — in the air or on the ground.

These six courageous men were ordered to “stand down” by the CIA station chief at Benghazi, rather than rescue the several American diplomats and citizens under extreme attack less than a mile away.

As Ambassador Chris Stevens and his overwhelmed security team helplessly called for American defense multiple times, the soldiers disobeyed their orders to “stand down” and voluntarily join the famous night-long battle.

Directed by Michael Bay, “13 Hours” stars John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo SchreiberDavid Costabile, Matt Letscher, Freddie Stroma, Max Martini and Toby Stephens— amongst others.

Although Krasinski is most well-known for his comedic work as Jim Halpert on the NBC series “The Office,” he convincingly portrays the main soldier of the six-man defense team.

Costabile also does a fantastic job at playing the CIA station chief in Benghazi. His character’s name is Bob in the film. However, in real life, Bob’s true identity is not revealed for security reasons.

He has been heavily criticized for telling the soldiers to stand down instead of saving fellow Americans in desperate need of rescue.

Although Hillary Clinton has received much criticism for her actions in response to the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, her name is not mentioned throughout the entire course of the film, nor does anyone portray her position as Secretary of State.

Prior to the film’s release, the names of most soldiers were kept anonymous and the true identities of two of the heroes remained classified. In the film’s credits, only a few of the soldiers reveal where they currently live, and one even went as far to blur out his face in an old photograph of himself for security reasons.

All of the acting throughout the film was exceptional, but the movie was not emotional despite the sensitive subject matter. “13 Hours” was more action-packed than anything else, but it was still very captivating.

With a total running time of two hours and 24 minutes, there were a few points in the film that felt redundant but “13 Hours” is an overall engaging movie that will surely have the audience’s heart racing.

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