ByCollins Vincent, writer at
A cynic who's eaten one too many Redvines
Collins Vincent

The upcoming 13 Hours movie is getting ready to hit cinemas when 2016 rolls around, and there is alot more going on than the cinematic depiction of an account given by those who lived to tell the tale. This movie made headlines when people learned that Michael Bay would be handling director duties for the real-life based motion picture. Some simply want to come out and support the brave men who fought to protect american lives. But there are others who are simply using this film as a political warhorse to go after a high-profile politician who is running for public office. However many circumstances surround this movie, it's going to be interesting to see how this all plays out during its opening weekend.

Here's the plot synopsis:

An adaptation of Mitchell Zuckoff's book, officially described as follows: "13 Hours" presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. This is their personal account, never before told, of what happened during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack.

Right off the bat, this film looks very good in a visual sense. The scenes are very well lit and the cinematography looks breath-taking. The action scenes and night-time scenes look very well shot and directed as well, so Bay gets props for that. Aside from the film's look and feel, there is more going on here since it depicts something that is politically, emotionally, and psychologically charged. We have a story that the director and the people who survived to write the novel wish to tell, but it has become more than that. The film is now political ammunition used to take shots at Hillary Clinton who is deemed responsible by a portion of Americans for not sending reinforcements to protect the Ambassador and those who were present with him, even though she has not been charged with a crime and no evidence was brought forward that warranted jail-time or a prison sentence.

Need to cool down? We probably all do, and we need to. This film was just supposed to be an account about a group of men who tried to do what they believed was right, but it resulted in a large scale political battle. Looking past the tension, the film itself will probably do well at the box office given the fact that the target audience for these kinds of movies is vast and active. Military/political thrillers like this always manage to strike a cord with audiences, and that's what studios will be counting on when this movie reaches theaters. If you're into these kind of movies that grow bigger when there's controversy, or if you simply have some other reason for going, then this film should be sufficient entertainment.


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