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13 Hours - The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 Hours - The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Dominic Fumusa, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Toby Stephens and Freddie Stroma

Rated: R for strong combat violence throughout, bloody images, and language.
Reviewed by: Dave  
Release date: January 15, 2016 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

13 Hours chronicles the story of six American CIA security contractors and the horrifying events they witnessed on September 11th 2012 in Benghazi, Libya.  Faced with overwhelming odds, they somehow managed to fend off multiple attacks by Islamic militants in two different locations, The American Diplomatic Compound and a CIA facility one mile away. 

The six soldiers made every attempt to save Ambassador Christopher Stevens, but were too late after being told to stand down. Also, back-up never came in any form, meaning no ground or air support. American citizens at both locations were left to fend for themselves.  It is truly amazing that any of them lived to tell the story, many times it appeared they would all die fighting off large groups of the armed insurgents coming at them from all directions. 

Similar in tone to Black Hawk Down (2001), the viewer feels immersed in its ongoing action.  The message of 'Duty, Honor and Country' is intertwined throughout the movie. Showing no signs of ever giving up, these six soldiers were true 'American Heroes'. They supported each other as brothers in arms; sadly two of them were killed in the attacks,Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. 

Glued to my seat for the full 2 hours and 24 minutes, I was literally blown away by this film. Don't miss it !

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