I went into this movie fully expecting to hate it. I thought that Michael Bay was going to absolutely butcher the story. I figured that this movie was going to have the same issues as American Sniper and Lone Survivor, in which the only reason people like it is patriotism. I thought that it was going to be excessively xenophobic. I was actually pleasantly surprised.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi actually proved to be an enjoyable, somewhat accurate movie. The xenophobia was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. The soldiers often said that they didn't know who was bad and who was good, but they wouldn't shoot until they saw a weapon in their hands. There were also a lot of good people that were Libyans. I really have an issue with movies that discriminate against any foreign people just because they are foreign, and this film's attitude really surprised me.
My biggest issue with this movie was that there was not a lot of character development for the people other than Jack, played by John Krasinski. I was not familiar with the story of these particular characters, so some extra development would have been helpful. There were also a couple of the soldiers that looked alike, so when the battle ensued, it could prove difficult to tell them apart.
It is possible (and maybe even likely) that this film had a political agenda, being released in an election year when Hillary Clinton, who was accused of covering up Benghazi, is running. But it doesn't explicitly show, with Clinton never directly being mentioned. Still, 13 Hours was still one of Michael Bay's money-hungry action movies, so you know that it is going to have tons of explosions and action scenes, but can also be a lot of fun.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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