“When everything went wrong, 6 men had the courage to do what was right” is the tagline for Michael Bay’s latest movie, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Courage is a tremendous word, and what these men faced to save the lives of at least 32 Americans, courage feels like an understatement. When I walked out of that theater I was wrecked with many emotions. Thankfulness for those who served and put their lives on the line just so that others may have a chance at a full life. Frustrations and anger at those who are responsible for the deaths of American lives, not just those who would enact such atrocities but also those who ignored the warnings and pleas for help. (I realize that there are many claims to this being a false telling but I’ll choose the words of one of the surviving soldiers who said this movie was mostly spot on as opposed to corrupt politicians and corrupt media sources.)
This is, in my opinion, Michael Bay’s finest work. A few of his trademarks are in there including plenty of explosions. It is a war movie so that is to be expected. When Michael Bay isn’t destroying my childhood, i.e. Transformers and producing Ninja Turtles, he shines. It is rated R for language and war violence. Some of the violence is gruesome and may be unsettling for some to watch. Having said all that, I would gladly cosign this movie and would like to give a huge thank you to all who served and is serving for our country. May your sacrifice never be taken for granted and also may one day I’ll be able to be a part of sharing your story of courage.