Friday, January 15, 2016
You Need Less Than 3 Hours to Enjoy 13
It's a political year so why not a movie that makes us remember a big political issue. 13 Hours does just that. We shouldn't need a reminder of how dangerous the world is, but 13 Hours gives us a first hand account. In a nutshell the plot is straight forward and has been national news.
Six members of the Annex Security Team defend the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, from an attack by Islamic militants. The team is made up of ex special ops guys who all have lives outside of the military now. When American lives are threatened, they become the only thing standing between them and a foreign threat.
Michael Bay is the director. He is best known for big explosions and and being very military- friendly. Those are two of the biggest reasons why this film works. Bay doesn't treat it like Transformers. It's a true story and he takes care to treat it with the respect it deserves. It will remind people of Lone Survivor and that is OK.
John Krasinski will make you forget he was on The Office. He looks the part and fits in well. He really handles the action and delivers a stand out performance. It's intense and straight forward and doesn't take sides in the political aftermath that follow these events. It doesn't need to. It tells the story of the brave men who saved and gave their lives. That is all it needed to do. If you liked American Sniper, go see 13 Hours.