Astonishing action sequences—Bay knows how to make a movie, but does he know why? Exploiting a right-wing partisan propaganda issue for thrills and simplistic blunt force drama is at the very least deeply irresponsible. In the season of Trump, Bay's manly man populism is sour. And for every serious, sobering theme the film introduces, Bay undercuts it by shooting a war zone like a car commercial.
Has the courage of its convictions, doubtlessly, and is crafted, certainly, instead of simply going off like so much ordinance. Bay comes by his admiration of military might and American values honestly. Indeed his movies tend to mobilize entire armies, doubtlessly inspired by that of his homeland. Certainly a treasure trove, John Ford-style, for anybody interested in engaging masculinity and American movies.
Forget about politics. Bay is amazing with these non-blockbuster budget films centred around the male body. The soldiers march into the battlefield like Halo Spartans towering over the rest. It's a true spectacle to see how they're framed around sparks, lasers, smoke, and gunfire. With the history of El Alamo to Precinct 13 on its back, but with crisp digital images to contrast the violence and chaotic action of war.
Michael Mann is proud. This guy paints with explosions and what about his colour palette? :o Krasinski crying in Close-up broke my heart. Top notch filmmaking on the build-up of the ambush(es) and his cutting was never better. Haters gonna hate but this guy got his flicks on Criterion before Pedro Costa> fact. About time we acknowledge that he knows a thing or two about movie-making,namely: pacing, framing & editing.
"13 Hours'" politics don't go much deeper than the line "They're all bad guys - until they aren't," and its actors aren't playing characters so much as they are avatars of a certain masculine ideal. It's fortunate then that the film might represent the most technically accomplished work of Michael Bay's career, a formally audacious siege picture that offers justification for the director's oft-criticized chaos style.
Maybe it was best to have Michael Bay direct this and keep it from becoming any kind of worthless or vapid partisan propaganda. I can admire this film in a strange way because Bay doesn't seem concerned with humanizing characters. He just wants to show the chaos and tragedy unfold, and end on a note that's both ballsy and respectful. Its repetitiveness and occasional interchangeability aside, I enjoyed it.
I wonder how the CIA people felt about being portrayed as ignorant arrogant elitists. I personally got a rock hard hard-on for being an American. Not sure whether to be surprised about Krasinski. Having a beard does not mean you look tough. It turns out he's just another money whore. Or maybe he believes all the bullshit this movie is spouting. A master class in propaganda.