With January constantly being regarded as the worst month for cinemas, one could wonder, "Is there anything new from this year out that's worth my time, or am I just going to have to wait for Deadpool?" Well yes, there is something worth your time, and no, you don't have to wait the agonizing sixteen days until Deadpool for a good cinematic experience. What I'm referring to, as seen by the title, is Paramount Pictures' 13 Hours. Just to clarify, this is not a review of the film and I will not include spoilers with the exception of what was covered by the news four years ago. Essentially, this is a piece to glance over for consideration.
AN UNTOLD STORY:
Tuesday, September 11th. America was shaken by the catastrophic event that occurred that terrible day in 2001; a day we mourn every year. Fast forward eleven years, and September 11th falls on another Tuesday, and low and behold, there is an attack. This time, on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya as well as a covert CIA base not too far down the road from the embassy. When all this went down, the story was covered to Americans over the Atlantic, but we really didn't get the all the information. Years later, a book which covered the events of the night was released by Michael Zuckoff. Helping out with the book was also of course the attack's defenders, whose names remain classified. With their story brought to the forefront, we finally get to see how everything unfolded.
STICKING TO THE FACTS:
Despite some political controversy surrounding the events of that night, all of that is not featured in the film. This portrayal focuses solely on the brave mens' stand against those attacking the premises of both the embassy and the base. Wherever you fall politically, it shouldn't factor into whether or not you go see this movie, for it is, like I said, just about the men holding down the fort and their weary, endless stance.
HOMAGE AND RESPECT
When all of this actually happened, there were no Purple Hearts or Medal of Honor awarded following the events. We heard about the casualty count and a brief synopsis of the occurrence on the news, but very few people knew who these men were. By seeing this movie, you get to learn more about those who did the job no one else in the area could do; a job that they didn't have to do, but chose to. Acknowledging these guys is the least we, as the protected citizens, can do to say "Hey, now that I know what you've done, thanks."
In conclusion, 13 Hours is not a device of political persuasion, it tells us a story we didn't know all about until now, and is respectful to those who lost their lives as well as those who defended the lives that could have been lost if it weren't for their bravery.
In Remembrance of: U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone S. Woods, and Glen Doherty.
Special thanks to: Michael Zuckoff and the Annex Security Team