FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE REVIEW: Last night, I saw “13 Hours,” which stars John Krasinski (The Office [TV series], Away We Go), James Badge Dale (The Departed, World War Z), Pablo Schreiber (The Manchurian Candidate, Vicky Christina Barcelona), David Denman (Big Fish, After Earth), Dominic Fumusa (Nurse Jackie [TV series], Focus), Max Martini (Captain Phillips, Pacific Rim), Alexia Barlier (Falco [TV series], Fast Track: No Limits), David Costabile (Lincoln, Breaking Bad [TV series]), Peyman Moaadi (A Separation, Camp X-Ray), Matt Letscher (Her, Identity), Toby Stephens (Die Another Day, Severance), Demetrius Grosse (Saving Mr. Banks, Straight Outta Compton), and David Giuntoli (Grimm [TV series], Buddymoon). It is directed by Michael Bay (Transformers , Bad Boys), with the screenplay being written by Chuck Hogan (The Town, The Strain [TV series]). Based on a true story, this film follows six brave soldiers who fought to survive and protect their CIA compound when Benghazi extremists attack the United States embassy.
The last film I review for 2016 and it’s “13 Hours.” I did want to go out with a bang, so this would have to do. When this movie released, there was certain speculation that the writer and director may shine light on the political aspects of this story, specifically regarding the scandal behind the CIA chief not allowing his men to intervene with the attack of the ambassador. I for one did not dive too deep into this film’s release, so it was for me to find out if they even touched on the subject. Really, this movie is meant to detail the attacks in Benghazi, and the American men who had to fight to stay alive. There was hardly anything in here to do with the scandal, as the writing placed us primarily in the soldiers’ perspective rather than an overhead view of everyone. I didn’t mind this, for there was enough in here to keep me entertained and, at times, tense. This has to be the most serious endeavor Michael Bay has taken up, as this story felt more controlled and interested on telling a true story rather than be a playground for explosions. I felt heart behind this, especially at the end, and I commend Bay for a restricted performance on his part. I thought the acting was solid for the most part, with everyone doing a good job. Yes, there wasn’t too much development with most of the characters, as they all felt pretty much the same, but at least I didn’t see any terrible acting take place. John Krasinski did surprisingly well in his role of a soldier of the CIA, as it was a far cry from his part on “The Office.” The action in this, as you would expect from a Bay film, was awesome. There was tension in the fighting as well as plenty of craziness to keep one entertained. Two main battles took place in this over-two-hour flick, and they were each gripping to sit through, even though I knew the outcome of the events. The best way to describe this feature would be a fun, yet tense action-packed adventure to hold someone’s attention for a few hours. There wasn’t anything too memorable in this, however, and I will say that it dragged in certain areas. The character development would have to take the blame for this, as I didn’t feel too connected to them in this ride. Yes, I felt sorry for them; who wouldn’t in their situation? I just didn’t find the characters as gripping as they should be. When emotion was visible, I didn’t feel for them as much as I should’ve. This is all because how there wasn’t really any unique character, besides a small few. Other than that issue, and how it can be sluggish in pacing, there aren’t really any other problems I had. This was, like I said, an entertaining venture with cool, tense action and an interesting story to bring to light. If you are a Michael Bay fan, or are interested in the Benghazi story, you’d probably like this one. FINAL SCORE: 80%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is the trailer: