Don't believe the haters -- it's a great movie. Gripping action all the way. This is no B movie. Great cinematography, great acting, great soundtrack.
From director Michael Bay, 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI is the gripping true story of six elite ex-military operators assigned to protect the CIA who fought back against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012. When everything went wrong, six men had the courage to do what was right. Based on the nonfiction book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by New York Times bestselling author Mitchell Zuckoff and Members of the Annex Security Team.
What a great surprise - Excellent cast & script.
It's got a lot of "zero dark thirty" about it, even if you know the background to the Benghazi terrorist attack this film does a great job of telling the untold story of heroism which led to many lives being saved. I don't like explosions for explosions sake and I'm glad to say that while there are many in this film, they're all in context.
A brilliant movie. Yes we have disagreements on how factual it is but we know know it happened and as usual the Americans left a few good men to make it by themselves. Real heroes.
This had the potential to be good but sadly is entirely predictable in its use of cliches and generally the quality of the acting deteriorates as it goes on....found myself switching off by the end.
It's easy to enjoy this as a great action movie but then you realise it's based on a true story and it's quite hard hitting. There are a couple of strange bits, such as the birds eye view from a mortar being dropped but otherwise what a great film. Watch it but be prepared to be hit by the story.
Could watch this film over and over. End of review
Now let me first preface this review, by saying that I cannot stand Michael Bay films, in general. But this particular movie is intelligent, highly well researched and gripping from start to finish. My advice to the director, is stop messing around with sci-fi and stick to directing non fiction films. This was truly, one of the finest modern war films I have seen in a long time.
A real epic 'war' movie and a fascinating true story, albeit told in the usual American hero Hollywood manner! It's a typically over the top Michael Bay movie with fast paced and constant action, quite cheesy + unapologetically American biased. Even though it has flaws in storytelling, clarity and character development; I give it 5 stars for sheer entertainment and action aplomb!
Had me from start to finish, really great film and more so that it is based on true events. It is guns, firefights and a lot of grit mixed with humour in places but thats to be expected. But it also has that thread of human instinct and the will to survive, and how ever much events have been amplified to make this film it does make you think of the levels people go to to do so.
Great film, great action and well capturing the madness and futility of it all. Rented and super enjoyed it.
Exploitative, unhelpful, manipulative, video game fireworks show, shot like a car commercial for death. It's shiny, it's watchable, but it baits every easy trap that you wouldn't want your impressionable youth to bite down on, whatever side of the wall they happen to be on.
Yeah based on a true story but I truly cant believe any of those 150 guys that came shooting at them didnt even hit them once. I think in a the true story theyve must have killed like 30 but to make the movie more fun they made it like it was 150. Very nationalistic towards america. Im tired of watching all this nationalistic crap when americans are literally jisus on the battlefield.
Very well done and not your usual 'all American boy' war film. I don't think the other chap quite understands that 'special forces' soldiers look like that - rough and ready.
If you liked Black Hawk Down or Saving Private Ryan you will like this film. Not too mushy but giving you a real sense of what it must have been like that night and in that setting.
I suspect the rave reviews have been written by the production team. Beware! This is low grade film. lower your expectations now.
Good acting and plenty of action. Plot moves along nicely. I enjoyed it a lot.Recommended. In the genre of Blackhawk Down.
Beautifully shot, tense and gripping. Recommended.
Watched about half this on recent flight to US but landed before it finished, so had to watch whole film again. Outstanding film. Lots of action but moving too.
I get it's based on true events... but the sentimental waving of the flag in everyones faces (metophorically) was overdone.
The other bit I didn't like so much was the very one sided story... you get to see who we assume are the masterminds behind the attack... but they are 2d characters with no development. On top of that, yes a few of the private elite force died (and I get how much that must kill moral when sharing comradmenship)... but what they did to the aggressors was a whole sale slaughter... clearly outmatched and gunned down with relative ease. This was not a movie of the underdog triumphating.... it was about a highly trained tight nit group of mercenaries annhililating a militia of mostly kids who were firing wildly.
Such a great movie, very emotional in the end.
Very rare do you find a film that is anything like as good as the book, 13 Hours is one of those rare films.
An eye opening account of the shocking betrayal by politicians.
I usually just rent movies on I tunes, I watched the trailer and wanted to see this so couldn't wait for the rental date to arrive, took the plunge and am not disappointed, knowing it's based on a true story, it has some mild gore so beware of this, but well worth the watch, I watched it again the day after the first watch and still enjoyed it.
Just buy it!!! its that good!!!
This movie seems to build its protagonists up by relying on the supporting cast to play caricatures. The controversy over the quotes attributed to "Bob" also rob this movie of much credibility. There's lots of guns, muscled-up bearded European Americans sweating, cameras spinning around burning buildings, some more guns, and a score that sounds like it was taken from an insurance commercial. I cannot un-watch this. If you like guns and war movies you'll love it.
Great immersive film. American films can leave you sick with the volume of corn and cheese but this was an excellent film, probably due to the seriousness of it being a true event, it was focused and dedicated to portraying the true events and horror of being surrounded. Really enjoyed it.
I would put this movie in the same category of black hock down...
Quite possibly the best £14 I've ever spent on a movie.
At 35 years old, ex forces so I get the humour aspects of the movie, but all round it's seriously probably the best movie I have ever watched.
Built up precisely, and pretty much sumerizes what true hero's are.
People who fight in the most unbearable adversity and do it for the sake of others.
A truly magnificent film.
BUY IT BUY IT!
I'm a massive movie fan and in all honesty this is the best movie I have ever seen. I can't praise it enough. It's such a bold story that's been really well adapted into film. The actors done an incredible job. John Krasinski really surprised me with how amazing his drama acting was. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would.
Fantastic casting....John Krasinski is absolutely brilliant....lets see his film career really take off after being a bit typecast after The Office.
film about war ever made.
And the only film true and reflective of private security, great watch!!!