Flash Movie Review: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

A switch gets turned on and the lights go on. A simple procedure that requires little movement and truthfully not much thought. The only time I think about it is when a lightbulb burns out. This action of little effort disguises the massive coordination needed to get the power to my home, through the house to the lamp. Fortunately I live in a place that has been reliable for the most part, except for when we have had violent storms. Every month I send a payment to the energy company for the use of their electricity, but I do not have much awareness on where or how the company acquires their energy for sale. I imagine the amount of people involved is staggering; whether it involves coal miners, nuclear technicians or service personnel who maintain solar panels and windmills, the mechanics of it all have to be precise and efficient. As I said, luckily for the most part things work smoothly here for me. Can you imagine if things did not? The chaos that would ensue would be monumental, effecting thousands or millions of people. Presently a city in Michigan is going through a crisis regarding their water system. For the little I know about it, the situation was caused by various agencies within Michigan; it was not like some outside force attacked their water supply. In other words it could have been prevented if everyone had worked together. Now when a breakdown occurs due to outside elements, things can go haywire.    ARMED citizens in Benghazi Libya overpower a compound where the U.S. Ambassador has chosen to reside. Thirty miles away a small band of CIA contractors are witnessing the evolving destruction. Based on a true story this action thriller directed by Michael Bay (Transformers franchise, Armageddon) had intense, bloody fight scenes throughout the story. With John Krasinski (Leatherheads, The Office-TV) as Jack Silva, James Badge Dale (World War Z, Shame) as Tyrone “Rone” Woods and Pablo Schreiber (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Manchurian Candidate) as Kris “Tonto” Paronto as part of the cast; I was stunned by this film. Remove all the politics that have formed around this story; it truly was astounding to witness the amount of craziness that was billowing all around the characters. Let me see if I can explain the feeling. I went through drivers education class to get my license. Going through all the simulations and supervised driving lessons in the school’s parking lot did not prepare me to that adrenaline rush the first time my car slid across ice covering a busy intersection. The same can be said here; no one was prepared for the escalation of violence. Too bad the script was filled with cliches and simplistic dialog; how many times does one need to hear someone being called “brother?” The action was typical for Michael, fast action mixed with slow motion movements. Not to take anything away from these heroic people but their story needed a better script.


2 1/3 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 20, 2016, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. That’s too bad about the script, it sounds like a compelling story.

  2. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It has its flaws but as a pure action flick with respect for its subject I was pretty entertaining.

  3. I could tell by your review this is not the kind of movie I would want to see: I positively hate gratuitous violence in movies and I’m utterly fed up with anybody and everybody posing on a DVD cover holding a gun! I truly hate guns, being perhaps just too familiar with them in what is thankfully a long gone past. You are correct: we do take technology for granted, or I should say too many people do. As a techie of 40 years experience with a major global corporation, I was amazed at how little I needed to know in order to keep my little pigeon-hole aspect of the operation running relatively smoothly. One phone call for a Mr. fix-it, one for a new part, one to set up a return install call, the same happening to thousands of other drone fixers all over the world, no idea where the things were made, or how, or even how they got to us. Once installed and the equipment functioning, that was it – on to the next and I may never return to that place again. It seemed that the corporate world worked extra hard to keep everybody in the dark, not only or especially their consumers, but about any aspect of their operations that didn’t directly involve “me” within my little cubby hole consisting of 3 basic small cities. They want us to feel powerless without them, and we do. When their shaky technological fairy-tale world begins to seriously collapse the fallout is bound to be of epidemic proportions.

    • As a cubicle resident I totally understand where you are coming from. The corporate world tends to be “big brother” to all of its worker bees. From what you wrote it sounds as if you had a life filled with some challenges. I am glad you made it through and truly appreciate you taking the time to leave your thoughtful comments here. Thank you so much.

      • You are welcome. I will continue to follow your thoughts on this blog! While I have your attention, it may be a while before I can see “45 Years” but when I do, I will give you my opinion. Thanks again.

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