"13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" Is Absolutely Riveting


Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are never mentioned by name in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Michael Bay's film about the attack which has been affectionally dubbed "Bayghazi" by practically everyone, but Bay's assertion that it is an "apolitical" film is bunk.

The movie hits theaters today - just over two weeks ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

It's the pivotal — and most controversial — scene in the new film, a movie that Bay insists steers clear of politics, but which is bound to spark much political discussion nonetheless.

Future45 held a screening of the movie in Washington Friday, along with America Rising PAC, which does opposition research on Democratic candidates, particularly Clinton.

Not satisfied with that, House Republicans voted to create yet another committee to investigate Clinton and Benghazi. That's not to say I am biased against the man; he just simply makes movies full of incoherent action, juvenile humor only prepubescent teenagers would laugh at, embarrassing levels of sexism that literally use any and every female character as a sexpot to just stand around looking hot throughout all of the aforementioned incoherent action, and the worst offense of all, zero substance. Truth is that popular, slightly insulting moniker/hashtag isn't a wholly proper summation of Michael Bay's take on the 2012 attack of an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi. It's also a movie where his incoherent action can be considered a strength, depending on how much you can accept before growing exhausted of all the mayhem.

- Yes, Michael Bay really made a Benghazi movie. Maybe one day, State Department envoy Brett McGurk, who led the team that negotiated the release, will get his own big-screen blockbuster, even if it doesn't feature prominent biceps, heavy ordnance and a careening SUV with its wheels on fire.

Three members of the Annex Security Team said they remember receiving orders to stand down, but the Obama administration is pushing back against those claims. Even through the scrim of Bay's bro-centric, fetishized fog of war, it's possible to appreciate the harrowing acts of courage, self-sacrifice and service at the core of the story.

"13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" isn't about rah-rah hero worship.

"We all think we know Benghazi", Bay says. The film doesn't point fingers at who is to blame, at least on the surface, but rather provides viewers with a pure military-fighting, real-life story. "No one will mistake this movie for a documentary", he told the Post. Yet all of it is a faithful retelling of the Benghazi story, seconded by the guys who were there that night, right down to the amusing one-liners of comic relief (called "Tantoisms" by the Benghazi team). Each of us was in a different area, and saw and experienced things differently. As 13 Hours progresses, it is revealed that the bad guys know the secret hand signal and are sabotaging everyone's safety and no one can be trusted and no one is safe.

The six fearless soldiers are portrayed by: John Krasinski (the Office) who portray Jack Silva, Pablo Schreiver as Kris Paronto (Orange is the New Black), James Badge Dale (24) as Tyrone Woods, David Denman (Parenthood) as DaveBenton, Dominic Fumusa (Nurse Jackie) as John Tiegen, Max Martini (Revenge) as Mark Geist.