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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

2016
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
2h 24m
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Rated 17 Jan 2016
16
45th
My mom gave it a 100
Rated 17 Jan 2016
80
80th
It's impossible to separate the politics from this "true story" of valor, but I can't imagine why anyone would even try. It's blatantly obvious that security at the compound was woefully inadequate, which was brought up by Ambassador Stevens and others down the chain; but the lack of response using F-16s and a C-130 gunship which were standing by cries out for Administration transparency. Instead, we were told it was an impromptu demonstration generated by a video on YouTube. Even if that lie ha
Rated 16 Jan 2016
31
16th
Not particularly informative or engaging. While it does provide a human element to the story, and gives enough tribute to the fallen to prevent it from being exploitative, it's really Bay's typical sub-par action direction that brings this down.
Rated 29 May 2016
4
21st
Full of unnecessary sound special effects. The jokes in this movie sound really retarded, the characters exhibit unrealistic behavior. I don't really know how to survive through the hole movie with such numb dialogs.
Rated 17 Feb 2016
70
72nd
Beautiful digital opera on war machines. That's Bay closer to Tony Scott as he's never been.
Rated 20 Jul 2016
60
89th
I see Michael Bay found use for his leftover firework explosions from his Transformers movies....
Rated 11 Jun 2016
43
24th
I may not like much about it's flag waving politics, but as a military siege movie it's well made and intense. The cast is likable and recognizable if you watch TV (interesting how Jim and Roy from The Office are now on the same military team after fighting over Pam for years) and overall it's a highly satisfying action movie.
Rated 15 Jan 2016
50
47th
That 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is anywhere close to as engaging as it is should come as a minor miracle. This isn't Michael Bay's best film, but it's a lot better than most of his filmography. That might not be saying a whole lot, in all honesty, but it's watchable and compelling for most of its running time. It feels intimate, and you can tell that Bay's actually enjoying filming this; that's when he's at his best.
Rated 11 Jun 2016
72
67th
As an action film this is pretty good. A bunch of guys with guns go after a bunch of guys with guns AND night-vision goggles at night and we get to guess who wins. The sweeping crescendo music as the camera pans over the field of bad guy corpses and the quick shot of the Stars and Stripes in the pool is typical Michael Bay nonsense but then we've come to expect that from him. Pretty good cast, decent action.
Rated 19 May 2016
91
83rd
A gritty retelling of some brave men who put it on the line to try and save others under attack. On the list because it's true and the story needs to be told.
Rated 15 Feb 2017
35
14th
So boring. None of the characters had any charisma and the action is just like every other war movie set in the Middle East.
Rated 24 Feb 2019
63
59th
The action is in turns intense and well shot and boring and forgettable. Some of the action shots are really impressive and has an authentic feel but the thing is that most of the time I can't tell who's who and that take away from the drama. The "bad guys" are nameless, faceless nobodies that don't have personality or purpose at least not that we ever find out about.
Rated 09 May 2023
40
26th
A group of security guys with big balls and similar personalities find themselves in big trouble. According to Metacritic, this film, which could justifiably be characterised as being “anti-CIA”, has an average score from critics of 48%, whereas THE HURT LOCKER, which also famously won the Best Picture Academy Award, has an average of 95%, as does Bigelow's ZERO DARK THIRTY. This viewer finds it hard to believe that this large discrepancy really has much to do with artistic considerations.
Rated 03 Mar 2016
67
41st
I liked it quite a bit. But I'm starting to become a sucker for Michael Bay's over the top eagerness. The brashness of his product placement/the action spectacle how nothing matters except for the power of the image. Reminded me a lot of westerns in it's hyper masculinity and thematic structure.
Rated 02 Feb 2016
6
54th
Michael Bay is incapable of bringing thought, complexity & substance to an event that's undeniably deserving of it. Yet it's a frontline action movie with the sound & fury of punishable, non-stop war.
Rated 13 Mar 2016
20
12th
While the events in Benghazi were horrifically unique, 13 Hours is not, exactly, a unique movie. We've seen several similar "based on a true story" combat narratives in the last few years, from Black Hawk Down to Lone Survivor to American Sniper. And little wonder. These wartime tales are always grimly compelling. The action is relentless. And lots of viewers find these true-life combat stories informative and, of course, entertaining. (pluggedin.com)
Rated 26 Nov 2016
50
21st
The ultimate Call of Duty. Get to building A! Get rid of that tail! Defend Building B from waves of attackers! I'm probably late with this insight but we are living in a time where video games influence movies. Everything here looks "cool" and herein lies the problem. These highly artificial images shape our perception of the conflicts around the world. The film rejects diplomacy (think of the shot where the soldiers put the gun on the chess board) and succeeds in being (exciting) propaganda.
Rated 15 Feb 2016
60
26th
13 Hours never calls out specific American figures for the failures of Benghazi, but so strongly implies fault with its target audience that it makes no difference. Entertaining in bursts, but overall morally reprehensible.
Rated 23 Sep 2022
81
43rd
From Jim to Gym Indeed lol
Rated 13 Jun 2016
70
70th
Intense fighting action. The gun battles are fast & furious. Hard pounding music is good but slightly overbearing at times. A true story with a lot of chaos & an incredible amount of action. Pacing is good & the build up was not boring. Good performances & charismatic main characters. John Krasinski, David Denman & Max Martini were good. I highly doubt the CIA commander was accurately portrayed. Some graphic violence. Not suitable for children. While not perfect, it was well worth watching.
Rated 24 Jan 2016
25
19th
USA, the biggest terrorist organization in the world, has an inept administration that screws over its own people, too, whenever presented the opportunity. Good patriotic movie, don't miss it.
Rated 23 Jan 2016
75
53rd
13 Hours is a solid war film that is intense and well produced, but in many ways fails to make itself really memorable; though it still is good film all around based on a great true story and is held up by good performances.
Rated 28 Sep 2020
50
27th
Beebe does seem to have had a...civilizing effect on Bay's action, but some of this was in the same ol' headache realm for me. I thought the understated, almost AGUIRRE-esque un-reality of disintegration in LONE SURVIVOR was much more interestingly done. Bay beats Berg for beefcake, tho'. And none beat TRIPLE 9 for bullshit.
Rated 25 Jan 2016
60
16th
John Krasinski felt so out of place in this movie.. He just didn't fit in with the other soldier bros
Rated 31 Aug 2020
40
15th
It's still propaganda, but strangely kino propaganda. Like someone injected neo-noir aesthetic into a movie about bombing brown people.
Rated 09 Feb 2017
72
42nd
Brawny, gung-ho action film suffers from the unlikely casting of Krasinski as its central hero, but Bay does a commendable job of evoking the chaos and random violence of a savage military attack. Typical of Bay, the attack sequence is overlong to the point of numbing, but his characters are at least more likable and less obnoxious than usual. Leaves a troubling aftertaste that such a brutal real life tragedy should be used as a basis for a brainless action film, but entertains nonetheless.
Rated 27 Jan 2017
50
17th
Mediocre action sequences in an emotionally manipulative film that uses the term "bad guys" to describe anyone not from America so many time the words lose all meaning. Krasinski is talented, though, and deserves a better showcase.
Rated 23 May 2017
64
39th
An effective film portraying the violence of a specific gunfight. Outside of that, I had no emotional investment and it barely covers any of the far more fascinating political backdrop.
Rated 23 Jun 2016
70
64th
Plenty going for this military action flick from Michael Bay that's based on a true story. The battles are well executed and intense, the story itself looking at private military contractors instead of regular soldiers was different enough to be interesting. Some scenes reminded me of playing Call of Duty... that's a good thing.
Rated 13 Mar 2017
80
57th
Normally Michael Bay movies feel like they last 13 hours, because they are so boring. This movie was a lot better than that. This lengthy movie flies by like a rocket propelled grenade because it is really entertaining and informs you a little bit about an American tragedy. Now matter where your political views are, you have to give the heroes of this crazy situation credit. At the same time, you may ask yourself why the heck didn't they get any help?...
Rated 30 Jan 2021
30
6th
Thank you Americans, the whole world owes you! (As always Americans are Level 100, and others are Level 1)
Rated 01 Jul 2016
15
5th
#16#, exp2, rw1, popcorn, story
Rated 06 Feb 2017
78
66th
Bay takes a break from Transformers for just long enough for some explosions in Libya. And it's competent enough that i'm beginning to think that the Transfomers movies are just a perfect storm of an uninspired director combined with a plot penned for children. 13 hours changes one of those two variables, and it's actually not that bad. it's your typical war movie, good enough, but it's not black hawk down. I don't understand why everyone has to have beards though, it's Libya, come on dude.
Rated 10 Sep 2016
75
33rd
I gave it for the action scenes and some usual intense moments in any military film, plus the Chris Cornell song at the credit. Don't worry about plot holes or blatant American stereotyping. Don't also worry about America prevailing everywhere. Those are just bound to happen.
Rated 12 Nov 2017
61
41st
11.11.17(+)
Rated 14 Jun 2016
60
31st
The characters are thin and the events become redundant. Somehow this true story deserved a little better. Luckily Bay stages the combat well enough.
Rated 09 Feb 2020
50
18th
Another Michael Bay movie that features way too many explosions and is far too long
Rated 28 Jul 2016
3
65th
Not a minute too long! Really! I can be a sucker for the patriotic when it's not overdone, and for once Bay kept his cool and toned it down a notch. His best since The Rock. It's very straight forward and easy to invest in. I'm very excited, but like Bay, I'm also gonna keep my cool and "only" rate it as *Good
Rated 06 Dec 2016
3
36th
every time i think bay can't outbay himself anymore he sure as shit proves me wrong. as ever, that is a great and terrible thing. there's also more than a little michael mann in there, no doubt courtesy of MIAMI VICE DoP dion beebe. that, i can more thoroughly get behind. thing is gorgeous.
Rated 17 Nov 2016
62
41st
I had heard many others saying they were surprised at the patriotic restraint Bay displayed with this film, so I can't say the same but the point does stand. Even the Libyan people aren't painted en masse as 'bad' which helps the realism. The film itself is fairly relentless once the main action starts. This did however lead to parts where context was difficult to find as to who is where and what were they doing, but overall it's a decently presented modern war movie.
Rated 22 Mar 2020
68
70th
This is a good film. Well shot, well cast, well acted. Underrated.
Rated 16 Jun 2018
70
35th
The color grader from the first Transformers movie who thinks that skin tones are somewhere between a red delicious apple and a Cheeto is back. It's a little jarring to see Bay's style in a 'based on a true story' movie but it settles eventually. The few family drama scenes thrown in are at the beginning excruciatingly bad, but the action is great and the night photography is solid.
Rated 12 Dec 2021
70
54th
Great acting by a lot of under appreciated actors. I think this movie deserves some more credit. It has a great buildup and the (spoiler) allnighter does not get boring for a second.
Rated 11 Jan 2017
3
28th
Despite the more serious real world subject matter, this film pretty much just shouted at me in the same way Bay's Transformers movies did. I'm down for some military macho bullshit but once the shooting starts here the entire rest of the film is just a numbing cacophony of shouting and gunfire and explosions and thus unimpactful. Weirdly, I thought the opening and closing minutes with the real-world footage and text were REALLY well-done: Maybe Bay missed his calling as a documentarian.
Rated 23 Apr 2024
55
70th
"13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" offers intense action scenes yet falls short in character development, preventing it from being a truly outstanding film. If you like action, you will find it here.
Rated 07 Jan 2017
2
6th
Several critics have given 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi a pass, citing Bay's skill at action engineering. It's his failure at everything else that makes this movie as hard to endure as it is impossible to believe.
Rated 13 Feb 2017
50
36th
I don't think this is a great war film by any means; however, 13 Hours is still an inspiring, well-made movie from a director that doesn't do that too often. Michael Bay does a really good job with the direction here, not being overly bombastic and instead focusing his execution on the story present. The writing is a little stale which leads to some stereotypical performances, but Krasinski and James Badge Dale both do good work. This isn't close to being stellar, but it is entertaining.
Rated 11 Mar 2018
50
37th
When I loved Bay people hated him and now that people start to love him I think I hate him. This is too much, too much long, to much action... just too much, except for the beefy actors.
Rated 18 Aug 2018
60
50th
There are a few bad lines here and there, and the last battle is disgusting, but the action choreography rocks! So basically, if you thought 'Black Hawk Down' was a great movie, this is for you.
Rated 12 Nov 2017
3
25th
Good action, little to no story line, and hard to follow. Nothing memorable for sure.
Rated 15 Feb 2017
40
19th
Passes the time.
Rated 12 Feb 2017
80
84th
If this movie was not directed by Michael Bay it would have received much more love. The personal relations are amazingly set up centered around a great performance by Dale while the action is both tense and feels real.
Rated 06 Aug 2017
54
32nd
Superior Bay, but even that isn't anything to write home about. Watch for the cast and set pieces?
Rated 07 Jan 2017
57
64th
The best movie Tony Scott never made.
Rated 24 Jun 2016
45
7th
Michael Bay's "Nation's Pride"
Rated 04 Dec 2016
50
15th
13 HOURS is more tasteful than expected, considering its critical overload of military porn. Still, expect great destruction, not great nuance or cohesion. There is too much money involved for this film to have an actual point of view, thus proving the old Samuel Fuller axiom that 'A' war movies are about War while only 'B' war movies are about soldiers.
Rated 05 Jan 2024
65
49th
Tüm teknolojik imkanları kullanan Michael Bay, aksiyon konusunda yine tatminkâr.
Rated 28 Jul 2018
75
37th
An entertaining, fast-paced war movie, even if you may have seen the americans-in-distress plotline a thousand other times before.
Rated 26 Jun 2016
77
62nd
Quite good
Rated 25 Aug 2017
75
71st
Finally another good Bay movie and this time he even shots the action quite well without the abuse of shaky cam. This said the characters are still weak and this is what differentiates him from Eastwood or even Berg.
Rated 17 Jan 2016
25
25th
This just in: Michael Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is, strictly speaking, NOT the ripped-from-the-headlines true story-based political thriller its trailer suggests. Full review: https://magnolia12883.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/reviews-13-hours-the-secret-soldiers-of-benghazi-2016/
Rated 20 Jan 2018
6
40th
Bay's best?
Rated 26 May 2016
40
23rd
I only wanted a dumb action film and a lot of people wanted the exact opposite, it looks like we've all been disappointed. Whatever happened to films coming in under 2 hours? There's a good half hour that could be cut out of this. As for the politics of it ... I really didn't notice anything at all. Strictly underwhelming
Rated 26 May 2016
74
74th
Michael Bay once again proves to have an extraordinary knack for casting the right actors, a preference for cheesy heroism and a certain lack of sense of structure and storytelling.
Rated 30 Nov 2016
73
64th
A bit too long but a solid war movie. Standart Michael Bay stuff.
Rated 12 Nov 2017
3
43rd
I thought it was a little messy and also lacking in storylines and information. But I still enjoyed it and found just the right amount of Patriotic feel. *Recommendable

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