Preview: ’13 Hours…’

New movie posters were just released for “13 Hours”…

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Official Website: http://www.thirteenhoursmovie.com/

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Here’s the second and most recent trailer just released for “13 Hours…”

This film looks, sounds and smells like today’s fight against terrorism.  It’s intense, raw and you can actually hear and feel the tension rise in the voices of those on the ground.  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.

My complete rundown on this movie can be found further down from my earlier July post.

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” will open in theaters on January 15, 2016.

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“Michael Bay is no Clint Eastwood in the director’s chair…”

“If Bay is smart, he’ll keep his film version in tight formation to the award-winning, investigative reporter’s novel.  After all, the book provides a stand-alone account of the events in Benghazi and, therefore, affords Bay the ability to refute any criticisms that may come up from others who were 7,000 miles away from the action that night.”       

– Patrick King, REEL BRIEF

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Technically, this movie is called “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi”.  But, I’ll get to that in a minute.

The background.  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 five survived to tell their first-hand account.  Or what the military refers to as “the ground truth”.

Let me start off by explaining how “13 Hours” could shape up to be a very good movie.  First, it gets widely released to theaters in January, the same time that “American Sniper” debuted and launched its spectacular blockbuster run despite Hollywood’s bewilderment and the media downplaying Chris Kyle’s story.  After Christmas, the American people were ready to start the year off with a military film about a patriotic American and his wife.  In five months, after continued political posturing as we enter a presidential election year, Americans might be ready once again for a story on real sacrifice and love of country.

Secondly, as you’ll see in this trailer, “13 Hours” looks good.  It will be hard to match “American Sniper’s” tactical release of its trailers–particularly that mind-blowing first sneak peek.  But this “13 Hours” trailer succeeds in sparking further discussion and should create some anxious moments for some presidential candidates on their campaign trails in 2016.

Third, this movie is based upon Mitchell Zuckoff’s book.  If director Michael Bay is smart, he’ll keep his film version in tight formation to the award-winning, investigative reporter’s novel.  After all, the book provides a stand-alone account of the events in Benghazi and, therefore, affords Bay the ability to refute any criticisms that may come up from others who were 7,000 miles away from the action that night.

Lastly, this movie has the potential to be a blockbuster hit for the simple reason that people are hungry for answers as to what really happened back on that 11th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.

My concerns for this film are only speculative at this time.  Michael Bay is no Clint Eastwood in the director’s chair.  In fairness to Bay, there’s only one Clint Eastwood.  Another worry is the title of the movie, and the civilian-ization of it.  Keep it simple, stupid.  “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi” sounds horrible.  Secret soldiers.  Really?  UFB.  “13 Hours” would’ve sufficed.

As you’ll see in the trailer, this film stars “Jim” (John Krasinski) from television’s successful comedy sitcom “The Office”. Krasinski (“Aloha”, 2015) may nail this role, but for now he’s an unproven liability.  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.

For now, check out the trailer…

We should know how accurate and hard-hitting this film is sometime between Thanksgiving and the New Year–as the potential for blow-back from the media heats up to dispel a narrative they don’t care for or approve of.

What did you think of this trailer?

Here’s a link to Amazon.com and Mitchell Zuckoff’s book:

13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi

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  • […] For more on my preview of “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” click HERE. […]

  • […] 5.  13 Hours.  Technically, this movie is called “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi”.  And it doesn’t hit theaters until January 15th–but since the trailer is out now, well, enjoy!  The background.  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”.  You can read more about this upcoming military film HERE. […]

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