13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

 (13,349)7.32 h 24 min2021X-RayR
American soldiers fight to protect the survivors of a deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
Michael Bay
John KrasinskiJames Badge DalePablo Schreiber
DramaActionMilitary and War
English [CC]
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David Denman
Erwin StoffMichael BayScott GardenhourRichard AbateMatthew Cohan
Paramount Pictures Corp.
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wal hurtReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I have seen many bad reviews written about this film
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Top notch war film, right up there with Blackhawk Down and Platoon. Aside from Amazon, I have seen many bad reviews written about this film. Don't believe them.

As far as facts go, the only person to criticize this film was the CIA chief who claimed that he never told his security contactors to stand down. The contractors eventually disobeyed his orders;
the 1/2 hour delay may have caused Ambassador Stevens his life.

The film moves at a fast pace & the combat & tactics give the movie a very realistic feel. These 6 contractors were ex-elite military with combat experience with the Marines, Navy Seals & Army Rangers. Greatly outnumbered, they displayed remarkable courage & professionalism under fire, despite the fact that they were not given their requested air support. The use of relatively unknown actors also adds to the realism.

I have very little to criticize this film. It has a gritty, unsanitized quality to it. It's about betrayal, selflessness, the chaos & confusion of combat & fighting for survival & the man next to you. Not for some ideology or political agenda. If you enjoyed movies like Platoon, Blackhawk Down, We Were Soldiers or HBO's Band of Brothers, you will like this movie. It can be viewed again & again.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Emotional and Gripping
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As a service member who served overseas in Iraq and Africa this movie brought me closer to those who sacrificed everything to protect the men and women of our country. Very well done, not to much gore or fake battle scenes. Really made me feel like I was back overseas again and extremely emotional.

I am grateful for those men that protected everyone to the best of their ability through overwhelming odds. I salute all of you

RIP to those that lost their lives and may god bless them all
197 people found this helpful
Austin S. BelangerReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
I liked the movie
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I liked the movie. I don't understand those who said the movie was "hard to follow"... It's not rocket science.

I don't understand the fools that went on about the propaganda and political "leanings" of the movie. It didn't really touch on any of that. It simply gave an account of what happened.

People are just mad because it shows how ineptly this whole affair was handled. No one has to do a political commentary. The events speak for themselves, Hollywoodized or not.

Good movie overall.
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Prepper DavesReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
... if you are wondering why it still matters -watch this movie or the trailer and you will know ...
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Not being political but if you are wondering why it still matters - watch this movie or the trailer and you will know why it still matters.

At the time of this incident I was in Ghazni Afghanistan and still remember the discussions and speculations about what the .... happened. I guess we may never know everything but ........

Now for the review: I give it 4 Stars even though in the beginning it was heavy on the clichés, it had a few unrealistic special effects, and may have taken some literary license.

On the positive side, true feelings and raw emotion were expressed i.e. the way you miss your wife and children when you are there but when you are home you are haunted by the need to go back.

The movie kept you riveted to the point that if you are watching it with someone that has never seen even a small portion of what happened in this movie i.e. mortars, rpg, and people you know dying, you may become a little frustrated with the questions and interruptions.

The action brings you to the point of .....[[ASIN:B01AIW6KZS 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi]]
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Susan A. HowellReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I still remember what I was doing and how my head spun around like Linda Blair in the Exorcist
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Never forget Benghazi, never forget, and never stop asking questions. These people, all of them, we not meant to make it out alive. Americans want answers as to why no Americans were sent, how ironic that it was the former regime of Gaddafi that extracted these Americans from the annex, how ironic that the 17 October regime never stood their ground in defense of the country that assisted in their freedom from Gaddafi...hmmmm, were they supposed to stand down, were they the ones that provided the coordinates for those deadly mortar attacks? I still remember what I was doing and how my head spun around like Linda Blair in the Exorcist, to look at the television as I heard the first lies of "Because of an insulting video"...I smelled it then and still smell the bullcrap. Benghazi matters.
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PGReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
13 Hours is Spectacular movie! I’ve lost count on ...
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13 Hours is Spectacular movie! I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve watched it and have ordered the book. For me, I’m both proud of the Defenders of our Libya Outpost and Enraged that none of the US Armed Forces from outside Libya was allowed to engage the jihadist attacker’s! The statements made by many that there wasn’t enough time to respond is outrageous! Who knew when the conflict would end? Shameful! Criminal!
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1_DemanReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This was not a shining point for American ex-special operators but for the men how have first hand experience with the like of this men know just how well they are trained and just how far such men can go in deference of their mission and fellow team mates. The film was to the say the least graphic but very well shoot and the characters interaction was very good. The movie really drove the point home just how much we here in the states have to be grateful we need to be for the peace we enjoy everyday.
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PJ and PaulReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Real Need-to-Watch Movie
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War movies are usually not my thing, so I didn't really want to watch this film,as I felt the it might be just some contrived political claptrap, BUT it ISN'T! Right now I'm doing a study of war which is quicker and easier than reading a 10' pile of tomes on the subject, and I'm so glad I did. I feel that is it a very REALISTIC, MOVING and TRUTHFUL picture of what happens in real battles including surprise attacks, explosions, fire, smoke and confusion, plus the camaraderie among the soldiers, sarcastic and gallows humor among them and lessons learned. You have to keep your eyes moving and your ears open to get the full picture, but it is definitely worth it!
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