“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi” is an emotional roller coaster that is as captivating as it is thrilling to watch. The film is encapsulates the horrors and tragedies of war and the toll it takes on those who are involved, both directly and indirectly.
The film tells the true story of the attack on the United States embassy and former CIA base in Benghazi, Libya. The movie begins by introducing the situation in Libya at the time, and quickly builds credibility with the main characters. The focus of the film is on six CIA combatants, with extensive military backgrounds, who were hired on to help protect a covert CIA base in the city.
The brotherhood amongst the six is profound, and as the situation in the area around the time of the attack begins to deteriorate, brotherhood is all they have to depend on. Security is low at the embassy and base, leaving both, particularly the embassy, prone to an organized attack from the Islamic state in Benghazi.
Character credibility is well established and carried throughout the film. Jack, played by John Krasinski, is the central focus of the six. His personal life and what he experiences can be easily felt by the audience. The movie also promotes a strong sense of Nationalism, leaving the audience in mourning with the loss of each American life.
The film is rather gruesome, and graphically depicts the loss of life and even limb in war. Gunshots tear through friend and foe, and RPGs decimate buildings and the lives therein. However, though it may be perhaps tough to watch, it gives the movie a feeling of accuracy in depiction of what it was probably like to be on a rooftop under a siege of hostile militants on that night.
In the end, you’ll feel a profound sense of sadness, yet strong American pride. What happened that night was a travesty, and now the story and memory of the fallen will live on. It is very emotionally stressful.
If you are unfamiliar with the basic information on the Benghazi attack, a bit of research on the backstory of the incident and the political instability of the area would be beneficial to understanding the movie.
Overall, I highly recommend seeing this film. While I do not think that it is the type of movie that leaves you wanting more or wishing to see it again in the future, it is certainly worth a trip to the theatre. It serves as a good reminder not only of the friendships and families that are ripped apart by war, but the sacrifice that American troops make overseas to protect and defend America and its interests.