Thursday, January 28, 2016
13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Review: War Film Wounded by Inconsistent Direction
The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi tells the story of Jack Da Silvia (portrayed by John Kransinski) arriving in Benghazi where he is greeted by team leader Tyrone “Rone” Woods (portrayed by James Badge Dale) who gives Jack the layout of their mission in the country. However things escalate when the American ambassador is attacked by radical Libyians which leads to the six soldiers taking action. Eventually the soldiers must hold off the radicals as they try maintain their secret base and protect the CIA operatives stationed inside.
I think this movie meant well, but in the end this war film was hard to sit through. While the performances were good and the concept to the story was effective, the execution to this film made it feel like a massive mess. The Benghazi Incident was undoubtedly a gritty and tense situation, but unfortunately I do not believe 13 Hours captured these events thoroughly; nor did it work as a general movie.