13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Tuesday, 07 April 2020

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence.

  • The pitch:

    The call to prayer.

  • Starring:

    John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, Max Martini, Alexia Barlier

  • Directed by:

    Michael Bay

  • Running time:

    144 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are shot, dragged, held at gunpoint, blasted through the air, hit by cars, run over, pushed, shoved, shirt-grabbed. Air attacks, many weapons (RPGs, AK47s, Molotov cocktails, pistols, shotguns, mortars etc). High-speed car chases, explosions, collisions, stolen vehicles, reckless driving, drive-by shootings, car bombs, snipers. Burning buildings, vehicles, objects, trees. Objects smashed, dropped, shot, exploded; debris. Mexican standoffs, arson. Footage of 9/11, bombings, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, surveillance. Armouries, military personnel/vehicles/aircraft, crashed vehicles/aircraft. People play a violent (shooting) video game. An insect is swatted (implied). Yelling, arguing, screaming, insubordinance. Revolution, Holy war, suicide missions mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (high body count), identifying the dead, flag-draped coffin, body bags, IV drip. Broken limbs (exposed bone/flesh), torn bodies. Corpse dropped from roof. Bloody faces, clothing, objects, water, cuts, wounds. Blood spatter, torn flesh, spitting/vomiting/spurting blood. Wound-cleaning, wound-dressing, tourniquet. Slaughterhouse seen (no animals are harmed). Skull motifs. Cut throats, blown eardrum mentioned.


    Bum squeezing/slapping. Shirtless men, men in tight-fitting clothing, man in swimwear, man in towel. People watch a video of rabbits mating. Dating, pregnancy, stripper name, spooning (m-m), flirting mentioned. "I'm sexy and I know it," song lyrics.


    Alcohol (beer, wine). Smoking (cigarettes, cigar, sheesha).


    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily functions. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger/hand gestures.


    2012 attack on US consulate in Benghazi (Libya), terrorism, GRS (Global Response Staff), anti-Americanism, sieges, fiasco, CIA special ops, intel, interpreters, insubordinance, grieving, loss, bureaucracy, diplomacy, security.


    Dead friends/fathers/husbands. Airport setting. Fireworks, firecrackers, planes, helicopters, cemetery, full moon. Sheep, goats, praying mantis, dogs. Spitting, gagging, vomiting. Shaky camerawork, night-vision cinematography. Based on the book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff. Based on a true story.


    Gripping, harrowing, heartfelt, chilling, action-heavy, patriotic, intense, effective, persuasive, nail-biting, noisy, nerve-frying, immersive, visceral, urgent, acute. Authentic feel, first-rate action, logistics of the situation are well conveyed, comprehensive wounding detail, vivid/evocative locations, staggering images, intricate production design, robust technical credits, not entirely one-sided.


    Overlong, ponderous, clichéd, head-scratching, disruptive, exhausting, scornful, political. Blunt script, rote performances, terrible dialogue, calculated/banal sentimentality, cartoonish characters, confusing/incoherent editing.

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