Film Review: ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’

13 Hours
Courtesy of Paramount

Michael Bay makes a half-successful bid for seriousness with this harrowing, often willfully confusing account of the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

“I feel like I’m in a f—ing horror movie,” a soldier murmurs as gunfire erupts around him, and his words turn out to be a pretty accurate assessment of Michael Bay’s noisy, nerve-frying account of the widely contested 2012 terrorist attacks that claimed four American lives in Benghazi, Libya. Taking a break from the cultural atrocities of the “Transformers” franchise with this half-successful bid for seriousness, Bay approaches his tinderbox of a subject pretty much the way you’d expect from Hollywood’s most aggressively pro-military director: Largely avoiding the political firestorm in favor of a harrowing minute-by-minute procedural, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is an experiential tour de force but a contextual blur, a shrewdly dumb movie that captures, and perhaps too readily embraces, the extreme confusion of the events as they unfolded on the ground. Most of all, it’s a tribute to the brave U.S. fighters who kept a horrific situation from turning much worse, and it’s on that support-our-troops score — which propelled “American Sniper” and “Lone Survivor” to surprise-hit status — that this Paramount release will have its best shot at connecting with war-weary domestic audiences beyond Bay’s fan base.

Adapted by author and first-time feature scribe Chuck Hogan from Mitchell Zuckoff’s 2014 book (which was written with the surviving members of the Annex Security Team in Benghazi), “13 Hours” has already been described by Bay as his “most real movie.” As a dramatization of a deadly real-life ambush on U.S. forces, it’s certainly an improvement on, say, “Pearl Harbor,” even if it shares with that 2001 misfire a scene shot from the inhuman p.o.v. of a falling rocket. Indeed, many of Bay’s tics and tendencies are on worrying display even in the story’s opening stretch in the fall of 2012: Less than a year after the fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, tensions are running higher than ever in the perpetually war-torn port city of Benghazi, and “13 Hours” immediately thrusts us into the mayhem with hard-slamming edits and angry, agitated camerawork. The context may be a foreign one, but the muscular visual language is pure Bay; even a tense early standoff between two Americans and a Libyan militia has all the jacked-up macho swagger of a “Bad Boys” meet-cute.

The two Americans are former Navy SEALs and old friends, Jack Silva (John Krasinski) and Tyrone “Rone” Woods (James Badge Dale), private security contractors who have been tapped as part of the CIA’s Global Response Staff to protect U.S. intelligence operatives and diplomats in the city. The other ex-military men serving with the GRS in Benghazi are Mark “Oz” Geist (Max Martini), Kris “Tanto” Paronto (Pablo Schreiber), John “Tig” Tiegen (Dominic Fumusa) and Dave “Boon” Benton (David Denman), and while they are given only minimal character shadings — Boon is the bookish one, Tanto the frat boy, Silva the skilled newcomer, Rone the natural leader — the movie neatly limns the difficult personal circumstances that brought each of these men to this God-forsaken outpost, with Krasinski and Dale providing a sturdy dramatic anchor throughout.

Much as they long to return home to their wives and children (as captured in a few gooey flashbacks and video-chat montages), these men are born soldiers, trained to respond to sudden danger with quick-thinking professionalism and unflinching courage. Due to the unrest that has held sway in the region for centuries (only recent events are described in the opening titles), there are plenty of opportunities for bravery even before Islamic militants attack the U.S. diplomatic compound on Sept. 11, penetrating the building’s formidable defenses and setting a fire that will ultimately claim the lives of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens (Matt Letscher) and Foreign Service information management officer Sean Smith (Christopher Dingli). Meanwhile, at the CIA’s Annex a mile away, Rone and his men are ready to respond but are ordered to wait in their vehicles by “Bob” (David Costabile), the top Agency officer in Benghazi, which almost certainly keeps them from reaching Stevens and Smith in time.

That delay was the most damning and controversial revelation in Zuckoff’s book, and Bay, never one to prioritize thought over action, offers a fairly blunt indictment of the bureaucratic thumb twiddling that kept a few good men from saving American lives. Wisely, this is about as far as “13 Hours” goes in pointing the finger of blame. There are a few vague nods to the lack of adequate security, preparation and response: the reliance on unarmed Libyan guards who quickly fled their posts, the realization that the Annex’s location isn’t nearly as classified as originally thought, and the grim discovery that the attacks were not spontaneous but premeditated. Still, the movie generally avoids trafficking in the conspiracy theories and partisan agendas that have turned the word “Benghazi” into a conservative battle cry against the Obama administration and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Whether due to lack of time or inclination (or perhaps the realization that the much-disputed Benghazi narrative calls for greater political nuance than “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”), Bay seems to have determined that simply dramatizing the details of the attack will be challenge enough.

It’s a challenge he accepts, but doesn’t always rise to meet, amid the frenzy of an unrelenting combat sequence that consumes most of the film’s 144-minute running time. Still, under the circumstances, that lack of clarity feels both deliberate and at times appropriate. Bay has a genius for incoherence, and this is one historic crisis that feels uniquely suited to his dubious talents: As the GRS soldiers make their way to the diplomatic compound and then back to the Annex, taking and dispensing heavy fire along the way, “13 Hours” all but revels in its own inscrutability. The men never know whether the Libyans approaching their compound or stopping their car might be hostiles or “friendlies,” and their unease is only exacerbated by lousy communication with U.S. forces back home and at another key base in Tripoli (400 miles away from Benghazi).

Scene after scene, the movie is an exhausting, pulverizing thing to experience, by turns immersive and continually disruptive. Every element of the filmmaking — from the jittery, rapid-fire cutting to the intensely saturated hues of Dion Beebe’s digital lensing, from the cacophonous, bullet-riddled sound design to Lorne Balfe’s equally percussive score — seems to push us out and pull us in with the same hectoring force. It’s a nail-biter and a head-scratcher rolled into one: The mind may initially race to keep up with logistics, but eventually one acknowledges the futility of trying to make sense of a situation that Bay himself hasn’t managed to clarify.

Really, it’s best to let “13 Hours” come at you like a piece of hyperkinetic abstract art, drenched in diesel, blood and testosterone. Beebe, doing his most striking handheld work since Michael Mann’s “Collateral” and “Miami Vice,” captures images of staggering brutality, but there’s an eerie seductiveness to his palette as well, from the regular use of night-vision footage to the sight of this still-beautiful beach city (played by a mix of locations in Morocco and Malta) lit up by fires and flares. Heroes and villains register as indistinct, dirt-caked blurs, and the orders and threats they bark at one another soon blend into an unintelligible background drone: the music of murder and military jargon.

To pause and think seriously about the situation at hand would short-circuit the overwhelming sensory effect that Bay and his collaborators are aiming for. It would also require a screenplay with a deeper understanding of the politics at hand (including the U.S.’ own murky role in the proceedings), and a willingness to put a more human face on the enemy. The aforementioned “American Sniper” and “Lone Survivor” also limited themselves to a soldier’s perspective, but they still invested their respective Middle East conflicts with more complexity and empathy than “13 Hours” extends to the Benghazi attackers; a visually striking scene of hijab-clad mothers mourning their fallen militants doesn’t really cut it. Other characters do occasionally register amid the tumult: The terrific Iranian actor Peyman Moaadi (“A Separation”) turns up as a friendly Libyan aide caught up in the horror, while French actress Alexia Barlier plays a defiant CIA operative whose chief narrative purpose is to exalt the heroics of those protecting her.

As one man rather needlessly points out during a moment of anxious downtime, Benghazi is essentially a 21st-century Alamo, and those are the sobering, reductive terms on which Bay’s movie presents itself. It’s no spoiler to note that two GRS soldiers — Rone and Glen Doherty (Toby Stephens), who arrived from his base in Tripoli on the morning of Sept. 12 — will soon perish in a mortar attack on the roof of the Annex. Their deaths, and the astonishing courage of their comrades, confer upon the GRS a nobility that is ambiguous and beyond reproach, and “13 Hours” solicits easy admiration by paying stolid, moving tribute to their sacrifice. Bay’s more generous critics may feel similarly inclined to honor a job well done. He may not have made a remotely great or definitive movie about Benghazi, but he’s surely earned a few points for good behavior.

Film Review: ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’

Reviewed at Paramount Studios, Los Angeles, Jan. 12, 2016. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 144 MIN.

Production

A Paramount release and presentation of a 3 Arts Entertainment/Bay Films production. Produced by Erwin Stoff, Michael Bay. Executive producers, Scott Gardenhour, Richard Abate, Matthew Cohan.

Crew

Directed by Michael Bay. Screenplay, Chuck Hogan, based on the book “13 Hours” by Mitchell Zuckoff and members of the Annex Security Team. Camera (color, widescreen), Dion Beebe; editors, Pietro Scalia, Calvin Wimmer; music, Lorne Balfe; executive music producer, Hans Zimmer; production designer, Jeffrey Beecroft; supervising art director, Sebastian Schroeder; art directors, Monica Sallustio, Charlo Dalli, Stefano Maria Ortolani; set decorator, Karen Frick; set designers, Mario Fontana Arnaldi, Marco Furbatto, Shamison Busuttil; costume designer, Deborah L. Scott; sound, Mac Ruth; supervising sound editors, Ethan Van Der Ryn, Erik Aadahl; sound designers, Tobias Poppe, Tim Walston, Brandon Jones; re-recording mixers, Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush; special effects supervisor, Terry Glass; special effects coordinator, Zuzu Milfort; stunt coordinator, Ken Bates; visual effects supervisor, Scott Farrar; visual effects executive producer, Wayne Billheimer; visual effects and animation, Industrial Light & Magic; assistant director, Simon Warnock; casting, Denise Chamian, Edward Said.

With

James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens, Dominic Fumusa, Matt Letscher, David Denman, David Costabile, David Giuntoli, Demetrius Gross, Alexia Barlier, Peyman Moaadi. (English, Arabic dialogue)

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  1. Gary Dubois says:

    obviously you are not a veteran just a scrub

  2. jsm1963 says:

    I guess you told him.

  3. Honestly, This Review is awful. You go into a movie, and are mad that the movie is exactly what it is supposed to be, and was advertised to be.
    Just in the first paragraph you specifically you criticize him for “Largely avoiding the political firestorm in favor of a harrowing minute-by-minute procedural,” “a shrewdly dumb movie that captures, and perhaps too readily embraces, the extreme confusion of the events as they unfolded on the ground.” and, “it’s a tribute to the brave U.S. fighters who kept a horrific situation from turning much worse”

    Whats next, are you gonna do a review about how 10 Cloverfield Lane wasn’t Much of a Rom-Com? You shouldn’t base your review on a movie because you don’t like the genre of movie it is. I don’t think you deserve to be a critic.

    • jsm1963 says:

      Difference being that 10 Cloverfield Lane is a total work of fiction. This is supposed to be based on real events.

      • 10 Cloverfield Lane being a work of complete fiction, where as 13 hours wasn’t, doesn’t negate anything I said.

        13 Hours was clearly supposed to be an Action movie, and the reviewer is bummed that it was. Also, it seems you are implying the movie was supposed to be accurate or realistic, but the movie clearly wasn’t supposed to be that, or we would have just got a documentary, not an action movie.

      • jsm1963 says:

        Go to their official website. The first thing that comes up (as the site loads) is “The true story of 6 men who had the courage to fight back.” Blame the filmmakers for hyping as a true story.

      • John Studley says:

        The Movie was dynamic in it’s direction, and first rate in the telling of a big story full of actual hero’s. The acting left nothing behind and is first rate, and the emotions conveyed raw and unapologetic. Reviewers that let their political bias drain their ethical duties are pathetic. But then again, movie reviewers have no moral compass or ethics.

  4. cornerstone2001 says:

    Hillary Lied and people died

  5. Mark says:

    “Hack” First thought after reading and seeing all the obvious verbiage implanted so “liberally”. I’m glad those portrayed in the movie actually exist! I wish what YOU portray…didn’t!

  6. Dave says:

    Justin, as a survivor of Benghazi let me tell you a little about yourself. Your agenda is your God, you will not falter from your agenda no matter the facts that stare you in the face. People of your like are scary do to the mere fact you are able to vote despite your lack of ability to accept the obvious facts staring you in the face. These brave men are the only reason I breath air today and you sir no nothing of what happened yet claim to be an expert. To put it lightly you and your agenda driven, information lacking bunch of liberal know it all’s should drop your false agenda and stick to the facts! Justin your a hack, a biased fact ignoring hack! I will leave you with this saying, “There are none so blind than those who refuse to see”

    • jsm1963 says:

      In his opening paragraph he said “it’s a tribute to the brave U.S. fighters who kept a horrific situation from turning much worse…”. What issue to you have with that agenda?

  7. Diane says:

    You’re an idiot. Do you have any respect for anyone who is not a liberal? You had to give this movie a back handed liberal compliment? People will go see, and respect this movie and you will be largely ignored.

  8. Amy-Lou Giannelli says:

    Wow, shocker! This no account “writer”, “critic”, slams this movie. You write for Variety, color me surprised!!! It was her State Department and yes, your girl, screwed up. Own it. As she should. Do not denigrate what those men did because you would never have the balls to buck supervisors and face hell, to save Americans. If I’m wrong, then explain and I’ll apologize.

  9. Seven Pinker says:

    “Wisely, this is about as far as ’13 Hours’ goes in pointing the finger of blame.”

    How is that wise (or unwise for that matter)? If it were Bush and Cheney at risk of being blamed, instead of Hillary and Obama, would this writer have similarly characterized the movie’s efforts to avoid placing blame?

  10. Terry Dindoffer says:

    Excellent movie!!! Everyone should watch this and see what these men had to deal with!!! Especially Hillary!! Thank you guys and girls for all you do!!

  11. Roger C says:

    The movies described in your review (American Sniper and Lone Survivor) along with 13 Hours attempt to depict the real life struggles of American Military and Military Contractors. Unfortunately our military is an underclass that is seen by the left as playing a disposable role in our society. Our treatment of returning veterans since Vietnam is less respectful of their contribution then even illegals who get better medical care. I believe these movies depict a commitment to values such as honor and integrity that embarase the left, and interrupt the echo chamber reality of their world. The fact that so many reviewers on rotten tomatoes pan 13 hours without seeing it, demonstrates their reluctance to have their narrative contradicted.

    Veterans like myself, get excited when they see the lone movie that tries to tell our story only to have a left leaning press tear it down. So much of Hollywood’s productions are comic book like for those of us who have lived it, Brad Pitt plays characters not unlike Marvel Comic book imaginary characters.

  12. Doc says:

    Just saw the movie last night with friends–the theater was packed. Michael Bay never disappoints, the music by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe was incredible, as were the performances by John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, and others. Those of us who had family on the ground that night of Sept. 11th, 2012 appreciate the acknowledgement of the courage and sacrifice made by so many during the attack on the embassy/diplomatic outpost and intelligence compound. Not that anyone ever bought the “video” story, but the applause by the audience at the end spoke volumes.

  13. Justin says:

    Hyperkinetic Abstract Art @justincchang and Half-Successful Bid for Seriousness @justincchang. Dude you should actually hear what the men that were on the ground have to say about what happened as well as what they have to say about the movie. Just watched an interview with three of the men that responded to the call when they were told to stand down. This movie is legit and its unfortunate that you have such a clouded opinion that you aren’t even willing to hear the truth.

    • jsm1963 says:

      You should understand that these men are most likely on the Paramount payroll to promote this film. You’re not likely to hear a negative word about this film from them for the time being.

  14. Thomas Kopper says:

    Why were the embassy workers there were told to keep their mouths shut about the whole affair. The Trey Gowdy investigation could not interview any of these people and most are afraid to come forward. The lie about the video for the blame of the attack was pathetic.My conclusion is that we were there selling arms to people we shouldn’t have which would be quite damning for Obama and Clinton.

    • Rommel Derivera says:

      Did you serve or you just don’t have the balls to serve, you don’t know anything about the sacrifices we have undergone for the country!!!!

  15. mike says:

    Lets be honest Liberal film critics will never give Bay any love! It was a good movie and should be watched!

  16. decoratedvet says:

    It is Hillary’s incompetence before the attacks that led to 4 dead. No response to increased security in the most critical of spots in the world and no withdrawal from the embassy after all other embassies closed. As to the stand down order they are picking at words and no one has pressed it. Hold, stand-down not authorized to go , who the hell cares what terminology that was used no one responded is the end result.

  17. pageoturner says:

    There’s no need for the movie to point any fingers. It’s perfectly obvious that Obama, Hillary, the State Department and Department of Defense each decided to let those Americans they were responsible for in Benghazi die – not protect them, not send help and not rescue them.

    Unlike the liberal media and stupid government we’re not stupid and don’t need a narrative spoon fed.

  18. Joe says:

    Awesome movie. The truth can only be told from the people that were there. And the LIES come from the ones that were NOT there.

  19. Marco says:

    The moron who wrote this article was, obviously, never in combat. Go fight in Nam and tell me about having empathy for the enemy or recognizing who is the enemy! Battle is chaotic – cradle your friend in your arms when his body is blown in half and his life drains away! The government didn’t support us either. You really believe obama /hillary gave a crap about the men in Benghazi? Hell no it was all a cover-up – a video nobody saw & CYA for them. Where the hell were they when the call to arms was made? Nowhere to be found! Bastards!

  20. John Aita says:

    awesome movie. I love how liberal reviewers always cry about bias in a prom military flick, but lick matt damons taint when he’s trashing america in whatever garbage he’s currently peddling. its a great flick, gorgeously shot like all Bay’s films..dripping with color and fast paced and frenetic. its not overtly political but still damning for clinton and obama who both were apparently asleep when the 3 am phone call came. by movies end you’ll be seething that no one came to help these guys with assets all over the place that could have made a huge difference. really well made film and the office guy pulled it off.

  21. Forget about all the political backbiting and left wing rhetoric. This film give a hardcore 13 hour timeline of the action. Realtime data was being sent to the White House, Pentagon, State Dept. and all of the ‘agencies’ DIA/CIA/NSA ETC. There were numerous military assets within 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours and so forth. Nothing was sent. Doesn’t matter whether or not the DIA COS gave a stand down order in the aftermath other than it was a very bad call. The major question is why were no military assets sent. I say again WHY-WERE-NO-MILITARY-ASSETTS-SENT? That is a failure way above the head of a CIA chief.

  22. Jimmy says:

    As far as I’m familiar with Bay’s movies, 13 Hours is easily his best ( although haven’t seen most of Bay’s other films ). My assessment; better than Lone Survivor and surprisingly close to Black Hawk Down. I suppose Bay’s style lends itself well to putting us right in the midst of frenetic chaos which serves the extendensive battle scenes superbly

  23. Phyl says:

    Chang must have made up his mind prior to attending the movie. we do not need critics that have their review prior to seeing the movie. This movie is not political it only shows the events written by the men that were there

  24. Tik ng says:

    I believe that the 4 men were right and we must have had a way to get to them in 13 hours we are in th 21 century think about it

  25. I like that in your fifth paragraph you admit all the conspiracy theories are actually true

  26. Bill B. says:

    Michael Bay might have made a decent movie?! That would be a first if true.

  27. Trebuchet says:

    “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

    ― George Orwell

  28. IT--two--IT says:

    BEGHAZI was just another INTEL RUN psy op.

    You know, like ISIS itself.

    KEEP that TRANCE!

    SHMUCKS

    • Tel. says:

      It’s actually pretty clear at this point that Benghazi was a botched Obama admin gun-running operation similar to his other botched gun-running operation “fast and furious”.

  29. Victoria says:

    Boy I bet Hillary is steaming that this movie is being released now. Good!

  30. Brock says:

    Seeing this film tonight. Can’t wait for Trump to rip Hillary “Rodent” Clinton to pieces as he namedrops this movie over and over and over again. Once this film becomes an instant hit, her campaign is toast. YAAY !!!!! Bring it !!!!

    • sammyglick says:

      I bet you also thought her campaign would fall apart after her 11 hour congressional testimony to Rep. Gowdy’s sham of a committee. At least you still have Hannity and Rush to feed you fantastical stories about the day Hillary and Bill will be put in jail.

    • jsm1963 says:

      As soon as people hear about this Benghazi thing…

  31. James Hartline says:

    It must be an election year and you must be a registered Democrat as you use your column as a sidebar tool for assisting the floundering campaign of Hillary Clinton. Instead of reviewing the movie on its production and directorial merits alone, you cannot help yourself as you take swipes as Michael Bay with the political talking points of Clinton and Obama. While you claim to be war weary in your review, what does that have to do with the motion picture itself? During World War II, the entire nation supported our military and America’s efforts to destroy the anti-Semitic butchers of Hitler’s Nazi regime and the terrorists in control of “Imperialist” Japan who, unprovoked, bombed our nation and murdered over 3,000 American citizens in the same manner as the anti-Semitic Islamic terrorists hijacked several American jetliners and flew them into New York skyscrapers and the Pentagon on 9/11. During World War II, the American motion picture industry produced over a 100 major movies in support of our military and in support of America’s war effort. Many actors at the time surrendered their stardom, fame and opulent lifestyles to serve in our Armed Forces. Everyone in America, from the housewife to the movie starlet, from the high school student to the professional athlete, and from the corporate executive to the movie producer, acted as one brace voice and one unified nation to save the United States and to save the world from the horrors of Hitler’s Nazi Germany, Mussolini’s fascist Italy and the bloodthirsty emperor of Japan. No one in America during World War II was war weary as long as America’s enemies controlled the future of the world – not to mention the horrendous concentration camps Hitler operated throughout Europe where 12 million human beings, including 6 million Jews, were tortured, starved, raped, burned alive in ovens and murdered in toxic gas-filled showers. While Hollywood’s movie producers, directors and actors desperately sacrificed all they could to race towards the frontlines of the war in Europe to liberate as many as possible before they were exterminated, Hitler’s Nazi regime was brutally force-sterilizing Jewish males across Europe and forcibly restraining Jewish women in dental chairs to extract any of their teeth with gold fillings. Some diabolical Nazi doctors experimented on Jewish prisoners being held in the concentration camps by skinning them alive without any sedation and then those same criminal doctors formed lamp shades out of the skins they had harvested from the defenseless Jewish prisoners.

    Fast forward to 2016 and to your review of Michael Bay’s courageous depiction of the Islamic terror onslaught against America’s Ambassador. The millions of Islamic terrorists who compose the global jihad against Israel, Europe and America operate with the same vicious and heinous mentality that motivated Hitler and his Nazi regime. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people around the world and in America have been executed by the Islamic jihadists. In 2012, in Benghazi, the American embassy was attacked and the United States ambassador and three courageous men who personify all that right about America were executed with the same horrific brutality that drove the Nazis to exterminate the Jews during World War II. In the midst of his reelection campaign, Barak Obama refused to stand up to the Islamic jihadist war against America and he criminally covered up the true nature of the terrorist attack in Benghazi in the same depraved manner that Richard Nixon covered up the criminal Watergate break in to preserve his 1972 reelection. Hillary Clinton participated in Obama’s cover up of the Benghazi terror attack. She replayed the mandated lies of the Obama administration – fraudulently blaming the Islamic terror attack on a videotape – and without a relentless pursuit of the truth, in the same fashion as the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein who exposed the Nixon’s administration’s Watergate cover up, the lies and Benghazi cover up of the Obama-Hillary Clinton administration would have never been exposed. For anyone in the Democratic Party-controlled entertainment industry to take on the Obama and Clinton, as Michael Bays has done in his historically significant, truthful and honorable war time depiction of the Islamic terror attack in Benghazi, is to demonstrate great bravery and courageous service to the United States of America. Michael Bays and the actors in 13 hours have exemplified the very finest aspects of the entertainment industry.

    Rather than embracing the glorious service to our military that Michael Bays has given to America by his confrontation of the despicably corrupt lies of Obama and Clinton, you have, instead, chosen to pollute the opportunity given to you to serve America during war time with your politically motivated swipe at the military and the brave Americans who died at the hands of Islamic terrorists and Hillary Clinton in Benghazi.

    • jsm1963 says:

      Have you even seen the film?

      You write well. A bit off the rails though.

      And invested too much into conspiracy theories that have been debunked years ago.

    • jsm1963 says:

      Michael Bay is now courageous?

      • jsm1963 says:

        @Jay Henry: They should investigate this.

      • Jay Henry says:

        Jsm:

        Debunked? I think not.

        Only the far-left media and their sycophants desire to see this story ‘go away’. Ask yourself, for what reason would these brave men want to lie or mislead people on their story? They are not politicians running for office, just brave Americans doing the job they were hired to do…….provide security.

    • Lee says:

      Thank you, James. In amongst these shrunken brained liberals, I find your post.

    • sammyglick says:

      You may want to adjust your meds…or just fix your tin-foil hat. Next time, just say your hate Pres. Obama and skip the 100,000 word essay on why your support Neo-Cons and failed Republican foreign policy.

      • Pops says:

        I rather liked the movie. Sammy Glick, I see more hate spewed by left wing nut jobs like yourself that those you call neoconservatives.

    • if6ws929 says:

      “Many actors at the time (WWII) surrendered their stardom, fame and opulent lifestyles to serve in our Armed Forces” – Not the Gipper though, LOL!

    • Jack Nisen says:

      Took the words right out of my mouth. Lefty assholes against those who were there. I’ll side with the fighters.

      • Tel. says:

        umm…if6ws929? Reagan served.

      • if6ws929 says:

        Somehow I doubt you have that many words in your mouth, LOL! But letting someone else do the work of writing a cogent comment while you jump on his bandwagon with a “hi, ho, lefty assholes away”, is typical right wing brown nosing! While James Hartline may appreciate having you on his side, I doubt that he thinks your writing matches his.

      • if6ws929 says:

        “Many actors at the time (WWII) surrendered their stardom, fame and opulent lifestyles to serve in our Armed Forces” – Not the Gipper though, LOL!

  32. John Miller says:

    This is definitely much more interesting fare than we usually get in January!

  33. John Miller says:

    Could Michael Bay be maturing? Perhaps…

  34. bob says:

    Kudos to the reviewer and Variety for walking the line here and post a review of the film and leaving the Hollywood agenda out of it.

    • jaykayd says:

      I was going to write the same thing. Although I did bristle a little at the implication that I must be conservative if I’m bothered by Benghazi.

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