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13 Hours

by Justin Johnson | 2016-01-14 | Movies, Reviews
13 Hours tells the story of the Benghazi attack in which a US Ambassador was killed and US forces were called to defend a secret compound in Libya.  Most viewers have probably seen or at least heard what a political screw up the Benghazi situation was in 2012.  Thankfully, this movie avoids the political maelstrom and instead focuses on the six heroes who defended American citizens from overwhelming opposition.  That’s the first bit of good news, the second is the movie is not overly “Bayified”.  One can imagine countless slow motion scenes of explosions, over the top action sequences with impossible stunts, and maybe even some hyper weapons thrown in to boot.  Thankfully, the movie avoids these over dramatizations and delivers a solid story of the soldiers who go above and beyond the call of duty.  The writers and directors do a worthy job of connecting us with the humanity of the soldiers and the situation in Libya during the course of the film.  Perhaps some of these scenes are a bit forced, showing how a father longs to be with his children but has another calling to be a solider.  Once the battle starts up, the movie delivers edge of your seat action as wave after wave of bad guys descend on our heroes. A strong connection is made with the audience so I think most movie goers will walk out a bit shaken but smiling at the quality of film experience delivered over the course of two plus hours. At one point during the action Tanto is chatting with Oz in between battles and admits he does not fear the battle.  That when bullets are flying and death looms all around him, he is not fearful.  He says that he thinks God must be protecting him because of his lack of fear.  Oz, who previously delivered a spiritual insight that all gods are within us, does not make much of Tanto’s revelation.  I thought it interesting that Tanto would equate lack of fear with... read
 

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