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Review of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
by Jeremy Thomas
Posted on June 7th, 2021
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quick hit: one of michael bay's most grounded films, 13 hours benefits from its gritty, measured approach. a film about such a politically-charged topic as benghazi was always going to be walking a narrow tightrope, and there are a lot of debates about what was changed from reality and why. that's certainly a debate to be had, but whether it's morally acceptable to have made those changes, anyone relying on a michael bay action film to tell the real story probably already has their mind made up about what happened. it's more important to ask if the changes make a better narrative story. in this film's case, it's fair to say that they did. chuck hogan's script does a decent job telling a tense, story about the soldiers who were on the ground in benghazi on the night of the attack and the cast, led by john krasinski and james badge dale, do some great work in the roles. the big problem here is that while is great with action and grandiose speech moments, he's less good with dialogue and exposition which results in a movie that stalls several times. that drags what could have been a very good film down to the level of passable, as it's hard to really get invested with all the momentum shifts. it's far from the disaster i was afraid of, but it could have been much better.
Jeremy Thomas
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