Opening this week: ’13 Hours’ – What really happened in Benghazi

This Michael Bay (“Transformers 5”) movie is based on the real-life terrorist attacks on September 11, 2012, as depicted in the book from Pulitzer Prize and New York Times #1 bestselling author Mitchell Zuckoff titled “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi“.  Co-authors of Zuckoff’s non-fiction page-turner are simply referenced as the “Annex Security Team”.

This true story follows the heroism of a half-dozen security personnel charged with protecting the U.S. State Department’s compound and CIA station in Benghazi, Libya.  Of those six hard-chargers–all specially trained to run towards gunfire to protect others and the mission–only 5 survived to tell their first-hand account.  Or what the military refers to as “the ground truth”.

This movie is going to shred all the Beltway emails, Congressional testimony and false media narratives put out so far.  And I think that’s the only honorable offering we, as a nation, can give to those who lost their lives that night and their families wanting the truth to come out.

“13 Hours” stars “Jim” (John Krasinski) from television’s successful comedy sitcom “The Office”. Krasinski (“Aloha”, 2015) may nail this role and launch his movie career to the next level.  Also starring is Pablo Schreiber and Max Martini (from TV’s military series “The Unit”).  Martini will be fine in “13 Hours” and Schreiber may come out of this movie “newly” discovered, a la Josh Hartnett in 2001’s “Black Hawk Down”.  We’ll see.

Here’s the cast discussing what it’s like to work for director Michael Bay:

Check out the movie’s official website –

My hope is that this Michael Bay film pays attention to, and gives proper background, to the heroic men doing our nation’s heavy-lifting down range.  And that “13 Hours” will walk Americans through the multiple pleas for support from back home as intelligence and ground reports indicated increased threat activity in advance of this fire-fight.  Lastly, I want this movie to properly identify those terrorists behind the preplanned attack on September 11th.  That’s the real story that needs telling–not huge explosions and our military’s clandestine tactics, techniques and procedures being exposed.

Here the official movie trailer…

I will screen “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi” on Tuesday.  Look for my review by mid-week.   The film is rated R for strong combat violence throughout, bloody images, and language.  It’s released nationwide this Friday.

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