13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

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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.



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Based on the book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.

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Toby Stephens
as Glen 'Bub' Doherty
David Costabile
as The Chief
Alexia Barlier
as Sona Jillani
Demetrius Grosse
as DS Agent Dave Ubben
David Giuntoli
as Scott Wickland
Freddie Stroma
as Brit Vaynor
Wrenn Schmidt
as Becky Silva
Liisa Evastina
as CIA Agent
Julie Daniels
as GRS Wife
Andrei Claude
as Bandolier Militiaman
Kenny Sheard
as Delta 1
Davide Tucci
as Defence Attache
Steffi Thake
as Chief's Assistant
Kevin Kent
as DS Agent Vincent
Frida Cauchi
as Fareed's Wife
Larissa Bonaci
as CIA Agent
Erica Muscat
as CIA Operative
Joost Janssen
as Tripoli GRS Operator #1
Ben Affan
as Neighbor
Nikovich Sammut
as Security Police Officer
Len Anderson, IV
as F-16 Fighter Pilot #1
John Deignan
as General Carter Ham
David Furr
as DS Alec
Jonathan Pyatt
as CIA Operative
Sope Aluko
as BBC News Anchor
Joe Azzopardi
as 17th Feb Militia
Marc Cabourdin
as CIA Agent
Andre Agius
as 17th Feb Militiaman
Alan Paris
as Deputy Chief
Nicholas Tabone
as CIA Staff
Marcus Arvidsson
as Security Police Officer
Wesley Ellul
as Nerdy Computer CIA Staffer
Ayoub Aghil
as Sinister Man
Mike West
as CIA Operative
Mansor Trbalce
as Libyan Guard
Yuric Allison
as Linguist
Saif Braik
as Camo headwrap
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Critic Reviews for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

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  • Bay certainly has a style of his own, albeit one that again harks back to the 1980s -- an even more cartoonish variant on the music-video bombast pioneered by directors such as Tony Scott.

    Feb 25, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a movie for anyone who saw The Hurt Locker and thought, "You know what would make this really good? If they got six really muscley dudes with machineguns to come in and blow away all the Arabs."

    Jan 28, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The title should give you some idea of how long this two-and-a-half hour film really feels.

    Jan 28, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's all so hateful. Hates women. Hates talking. Hates tact. Loves guns.

    Jan 26, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The final word on this incident will require a more thoughtful filmmaker. But hopefully, that artist will possess at least half of Bay's punishing, peerless craft.

    Jan 20, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie is imperfect and overlong but it's never boring. And, although aspects of its factual accuracy can be called into question, it does a decent job of chronicling what happened that night.

    Jan 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

  • 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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