Before I start breaking down the latest Michael Bay film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi; I’d like to take a moment for this brief disclaimer. As this movie is a hot button issue of either religious, political or historical nature; it’s important to remember that the following review is of a movie. If you’re looking for commentary outside the scope of a critique of the film, you’ll find it by clicking that sassy lil’ ‘x’ at the top right of your screen. I’m well aware of the political ramifications of the film. Fox News won’t let me forget. The rhetoric and inane banter among the talking heads on television is nauseating, especially since it detracts from the spirit of the film; more on that later. If you choose to see this film as an excuse to spout political ramblings, cool, good for you, but I think that’s a short-sighted approach. The movie is decidedly apolitical and goes so far as to not mention any members of any government, let alone cast blame. There’s plenty of time to blame everyone later, but for 2 hours and 30 minutes, lets sit in quiet reflection of true heroism. At least both side can agree to that.
Enough ranting, on with the show.
It’s no secret that Michael Bay is a friend of the military, but a director that’s made his fame on testosterone fueled popcorn flicks that; when they’re good, they’re fun and when they’re bad, it’s Pearl Harbour. Can Michael Bay tell that story of the terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi Libya, with the respect and subtlety it deserves? Will 13 Hours be more ‘Armageddon’ or ‘Pearl Harbour’?