13 Hours: The Secret
Soldiers of Benghazi (9/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 144 minutes.
Not for children.
Even if you get all
your information from the mainstream media, you have heard about
Benghazi. What you probably know is that Ambassador Chris Stephens (Matt
Letscher) and three defense contractors were murdered in an assault on a
U.S. mission building and that Hillary Clinton dismissed it as “What
difference does it make?” and, if you follow Judicial Watch at all or
watched the House Select Committee Hearings on Benghazi, that she
blatantly lied about it, and that she and Obama sent U.N. Ambassador
Susan Rice out to all five Sunday interview TV shows five days later to
spread the lie that the attack was caused by outrage over a video
instead of the planned attack this movie shows it to have been. And,
finally, you might know that the Obama Administration didn’t lift a
finger to save its Ambassador; in fact officials directly under Hillary
and Obama, a character named Bob (David Costabile, who gives a terrific
performance) ordered people who were ready, willing, and able to go, to
But what you probably
don’t know, I certainly didn’t, was how vicious the fighting was.
This is an apolitical
film that never mentions Hillary or Obama, and devotes itself
exclusively to the brutality of the fighting. Director Michael Bay, who
was in constant contact with the men who lived what he was filming, told
Bill O’Reilly, “The politics got in the way of this great human story
that happened. This is to honor these types of men who do this every
day, who put themselves in harm’s way. That’s what this movie is about.
It was a rough, rough hell night. A lot of stuff that you see in the
movie, like a guy losing a contact on the way to a gunfight, the little
things we put in the movie, the jokes they said that night, the emotions
they were talking about that night; we tried to be very accurate and
keep it within a two hour movie.”
It is a hard 2+ hours
to sit through, knowing what we know, but it never lags for a second.
What makes it more gripping than watching a Batman movie is that it is
all 100% accurate, based on the book, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of
Benghazi” by Mitchell Zuckoff. This is one of the more realistic
depictions of battle ever filmed. And none of the men fighting to save
the Ambassador, Jack Silva (John Krasinski), Tyrone “Rone” Woods (James
Badge Dale), Dave “Boon” Denton (David Denmon), Kris “Tonto” Peronto
(Pablo Schreiber), John “Tig” Tiegen (Dominic Fumusa), Glen "Bub"
Doherty (Toby Stephens), and Mark “Oz” Geist (Max Martini) were in the
U.S. Armed Forces. Mostly former SEALs, they were independent
contractors, but they all put their lives on the line to save an
Ambassador and his staff who worked for Barack Obama and Hillary
Clinton, despite the latters’ refusal to send aid. All of the actors
give exceptional performances.
The film graphically
captures all the gun fighting and the bombs, and the uncertainty of the
fight because it was all done in the dark of night without really
knowing what was going on and where the fighting was coming from. Worse,
they kept expecting help that never came.
The only thing
political about this totally non-political film are the questions it
raises about why the President of the United States and his Secretary of
State, who knew the cause and severity of the attack, refused to provide
help, then lied about it for a week, and continue to lie about their
Finally, kudos to
Paramount, a major studio, who brings this movie, which is anathema to
the Democrats responsible for the disgrace that has come to be known as
“Benghazi,” with wide distribution to a mass audience.