13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI – My rating: 7.5/10

 13hours_secretsoldiersofbenghazi13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is an intense action, drama that takes place in one of the most dangerous places in the world.  13 Hours is based on the true events of the Benghazi attack by militants on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on the evening of September 11, 2012. The film focus on six members of a security team that fought to defend the Americans stationed there.  All embassies had pulled out of the country fearing attacks by militants except the United States who continued to maintain a diplomatic compound, which was not an official consulate, open in the city. There was also a CIA outpost called “The Annex”, less than a mile away, which was protected by a team of private military contractors from Global Response Staff (GRS).

US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens (Matt Letscher) arrived in Benghazi to maintain a diplomatic connection despite the political and social chaos.  Stevens was warned it was probably too dangerous for him to stay, he didn’t listen and ended up staying at the Special Mission which only had limited protection from a pair of Diplomatic Security (DS) agents, Scott Wickland (David Giuntoli) and Dave Ubben (Demetrius Grosse), and guards hired from the local February 17th Martyrs Brigade militia, nicknamed “17-Feb”.  On the morning of the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Stevens notices suspicious men taking pictures of the compound and notifies his security detail.  That night, a group of militants from Ansar al-Sharia assaulted the compound. The 17-Feb guards quickly surrender their posts, allowing the attackers easy access to the Special Mission compound. Wickland takes Stevens and Sean Smith (Christopher Dingli), an IT specialist, into the safe room. Unable to breach the safe room, the attackers set the building on fire hoping to burn the men out.

From this point on, any information I reveal about the events of this movie would really spoil it for you.  As you can see, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a really compelling and intense film.  I thought the story was well told and well acted.  13 Hours is now on DVD/Blu-Ray.  It’s worth checking out especially since there’s still some controversy surrounding this event.

[13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is nominated for Sound Mixing]

 

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