Movie Review: 13 HOURS, The Secret Soliders of Benghazi

Given that this incident in Libya happened on September 11, 2012 I am rather surprised that it took this long to make a movie about what happened that day.

Micheal Bay has a very unique way of making movies and I for one mostly find his constant flashing to different scenes method quite annoying, but for this movie; which was a lot like “Black Hawk Down” his style of direction mostly worked, much to my surprise. At times the movie dragged on too long and it took almost full hour before anything really happened.  In the end, soldiers with families were killed and many civilians were in harms way during the raid which started at the Ambassador’s compound and then moved to the CIA location in the city. Given the size of the attack and the weapons used, its rather extraordinary that more people were not killed. The war scenes were very well done and realistic for the most part during this over 2 hour movie.

Chris Stevens US Ambassador to Benghazi Libya was killed in the raid on his compound on September 11, 2012 and as a result major political problems and blame towards Hilary Clinton, who was the Secretary of State at the time, began. The bottom line is that Libya is now a stronghold for ISIS and for the most part there is nothing anyone can do to avoid future attacks like this, including terrorist attacks.  As far as the blame anyone should take for this raid, including Hillary Clinton ; that is ultimately up to each individual to decide on their own. The problem with Congress and investigations like this one is they are always looking for someone to blame for anything that goes wrong, but the real blame for an attack like this is years of mistakes that were made that has enabled terrorism and countries like Libya to exist in the first place.

Despite the slow parts in this movie, and there were several, the tension level was at a high level most of the time and I do recommend this movie which reminded me of the movie “Black Hawk Down”.


13 Hours – IMDB