Michael...Bay...made...quite...a...good...film...That hurt. Saw 13 hours on a plane (yes, I was sober) and wished I'd seen it on the screen. It's thrilling! It really works as a fast paced, intelligent action movie. Not only that - but the politics were dealt with in a realistic and well informed way and I felt I'd entered the world of the situation completely. This is the film Greengrass's Green Zone wished it was.
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.
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.
A fitting tribute to the men and women who fought and gave their lives that night in Benghazi. '13 Hours' is a solid directorial effort from Michael Bay. The performances are strong, particularly from John Krasinski and James Dale. The action is in your face and appropriately photographed, really putting the audience in the thick of battle.