Based on true events, 13 Hours tells the story of six security team members who have to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11 2012.
As you can imagine with Michael Bay as the director, 13 Hours is about as subtle as a sledgehammer. The script is not up to much and the characters are indistinguishable from each other, making it hard to know who is getting shot at and who is at death’s door. But you have to hand it to Bay, when he’s up to it he can make some engaging action scenes, as we witness a ground level attack on the compound you can’t help but get drawn in, even if the editing sometimes means you can’t work out who you’re watching.
While at times the film can feel like a straight faced version of Team America (“Fuck Yeah!”), it’s not as bad as I feared it could have been. I’m not sure of the historical accuracy of the movie but if viewed as purely an action thriller it can be gripping and exciting.
Rating 3/5 – much better than I would have expected from a Michael Bay film