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Movie Review: “13 Hours”

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On September 11, 2012  Islamic militants attacked the U.S Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was staying there at the time and was killed in this attack.  The Annex Security Team, stationed only a mile away, were placed there to protect operatives and diplomats in the city.

This film highlighted all of the parts of the mission and the attacks that occurred in Benghazi.  For some, this movie is difficult to watch simply because it was not the best moment for America.  However, Director Michael Bay presented this tragic event in a way that prevented you from looking away from the screen.  His careful direction and attention to detail provided by the survivors make the film riveting and exciting to say the least.  And the politics of the event are not on display in the telling of this tale.

This movie earned $16 million over the Friday-to-Sunday opening weekend, and had an estimated $19 million in earnings over the Friday-to-Monday showings.  This movie did not earn as much as other recent action films such as “American Sniper” or “Lone Survivor”, but nonetheless it is a must see.

John Krasinski played the lead role of Jack.  Many people had their doubts about Krasinski playing the serious role of a prior navy seal who was contracted by the CIA to serve as security in Benghazi, but Krasinski took charge of the role and proved that he could handle this serious role.

This film not only reminded the public about what our service men and women do for our country, but it also honored those who were killed in these attacks.   If you are feeling up to an intense action packed film, “13 Hours” is the movie for you.

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