Movie Review

13 Hours (2016)

I missed this film last year, luckily it came up this week in the recommended movies list in Amazon Prime Videos (India).

When it happened 4 years back, it shocked the world. It was unbelievable for me to read that an American embassy (?) in Benghazi (Libya) could be attacked and an Ambassador killed by a small group who were protesting against the anti-Islamic short film “Innocence of Muslims” on September 11, 2012. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi directed by Michael Bay is a biopic take on what happened on that day. Told from the view of six security contractors assigned to protect a “classified” CIA Annexe campus nearby to American diplomatic outpost.

At 2 hours and 24 minutes, the film does feel a bit long especially the first hour. Once the actual wave of attacks by insurgents begins, the action on screen picks up. As narrated by Michael Bay there is no air cover provided to the Americans on the ground who were fighting for their lives, this adds a bit of sensation for us, the viewers.

I liked the film, agree with the 7.3 rating in IMDB and surprised on the 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.