13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

2016, Mystery & thriller/War, 2h 24m

224 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a comparatively mature and restrained effort from Michael Bay, albeit one that can't quite boast the impact its fact-based story deserves. Read critic reviews

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On Sept. 11, 2012, Islamic militants attack the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and Sean Smith, an officer for the Foreign Service. Stationed less than one mile away are members (James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini) of the Annex Security Team, former soldiers assigned to protect operatives and diplomats in the city. As the assault rages on, the six men engage the combatants in a fierce firefight to save the lives of the remaining Americans.

Cast & Crew

James Badge Dale
Tyrone "Rone" Woods
Max Martini
Mark "Oz" Geist
Pablo Schreiber
Kris "Tanto" Paronto
Toby Stephens
Glen "Bub" Doherty
Dominic Fumusa
John "Tig" Tiegen
Matt Letscher
Ambassador Chris Stevens
David Denman
Dave "Boon" Benton
David Giuntoli
DS Scott Wickland
Demetrius Grosse
DS Dave Ubben
Alexia Barlier
Sona Jillani
Chuck Hogan
Screenwriter
Scott Gardenhour
Executive Producer
Richard Abate
Executive Producer
Matthew Cohan
Executive Producer
Dion Beebe
Cinematographer
Pietro Scalia
Film Editor
Calvin Wimmer
Film Editor
Lorne Balfe
Original Music
Jeffrey Beecroft
Production Design
Sebastian Schroder
Supervising Art Direction
Charlo Dalli
Art Director
Karen Frick
Set Decoration
Deborah Lynn Scott
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  • Mar 08, 2017
    Sure, in the beginning and end there is the usual "cool US boys" banter and family videos with a certain disdain for anyone who doesn't know how to shoot and kill. However, the long middle section of the events is high adrenaline action, both uncomfortable and engaging. Bay knows how to film and cut such scenes and they make for a very entertaining film. Whether this has much to do with what actually happened in Benghazi that night is for someone else to decide. Other director's like Bigelow would have made a much more political film, but as far as the action goes there is nothing to complain here.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2016
    Based on true events, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is an intense war drama from director Michael Bay. The film follows the terrorist attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, in which a small elite security team went to the rescue of the embassy and had to hold off an army of insurgents. Starring John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Max Martini, and David Costabile, the cast is fairly good and gives some very strong performances. The writing however, is a little weak and does a poor job at setting up the characters and the situation in Libya leading up to the attack. Yet once the attack hits, the film shifts into high gear and doesn't let up until the end; delivering intense and exciting action sequences. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi has its problems, but is still a thrilling real life story of courage and sacrifice.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2016
    If you fancy yourself a big swingin' dick yank, then I'd recommend you watch 13 Hours, but of course, you already have. I can move past the xenophobia and jingoism pretty easily, even the typical Bay tropes don't ruin a movie for me, but what I find difficult to abide is boredom, and with 13 Hours, I personally found that in spades. Though it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, though I didn't care about any of the characters, and though I am giving this film a negative review, I can still say it's Michael Bay's best work in years.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2016
    Most of the critic reviews on this site are from clueless trash bags. This film was heart wrenching. The critics say that the banter between characters was out of place, let me tell you, that's how Marines and other operators talk. It's not made up. Also how they managed to stay alive against a force like that? It happened because those guys are alive to live and tell the tale. The reason they think it put a negative spin on the rebels in Libya is because.... the rebels in Libya did it to themselves. They attacked a US embassy compound and tried to ambush another compound. It's not made up. It happened. Most of these people just sat in the theater rolling their eyes because Michael Bay's name was on it and this was about American soldiers. They haven't seen the eyes of guys that have just come from firefights. They just don't know. This film made me miss all of my guys from Afghanistan and only Lone Survivor was more difficult for me to watch. Definitely check this film out if you liked Lone Survivor, American Sniper, or Black Hawk Down.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer

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