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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Directed by Michael Bay
United States, 2016
Thriller, Action


An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Directed by Michael Bay

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

13 Hours is one combat movie that doesn't blink—and it doesn't gloat, either. Like Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, it's the rare contemporary war film in which every wound hurts. Even when the men take pleasure in "kicking the ass" of the enemy, they express relief more than triumph… What's remarkable about Bay's work in this movie is its bracing clarity about chaos. Every choice he makes adds texture to the portrait of a warrior's code practiced in absurd extremes.
January 14, 2016
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It may be hard to imagine a film more gaudily self-evident in its values and the force of its aesthetics as the sprawling effects goliath and techno-anti-humanist Transformers: Age of Extinction, but in fact Bay's most tidily budgeted and CGI free films of recent years, 2013's true crime Pain & Gain and this year's true war 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi are his most honest and perceptive, and, because of this, his best.
January 29, 2016
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13 Hours is bloody, graphic and intense, effective in a blunt-trauma way… [It] comes so close to being action entertainment that it made me a little queasy. It's violent, but also weirdly detached from all-too-recent history. You could easily imagine someone adapting a video game from it, if someone isn't at work on one already.
January 15, 2016
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