The last time Michael Bay made a movie that wasn’t designed to sell toys, we got “Pain & Gain,” an overlong, crude blend of comedy and violence that wasn’t funny, nor possessed the filmmaker’s unique ability to stylishly blow things. His latest bid at serious filmmaking arrives with “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi,” and the title says it all.
Tackling a subject that has been political fodder for a good chunk of the year, John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens, David Giuntoli, James Badge Dale, Max Martini and David Costabile, are the men enlisted for Bay’s version of the tale, which he insists will be an “in-depth look at what’s going on inside that CIA base, and it shows it from both sides.” All that said, it is a bit curious that there’s no official longform synopsis as far as I can find, just the tagline: When everything went wrong six men had the courage to do what was right. Maybe Paramount is trying to avoid controversy by not writing something that could be perceived as partisan?
’13 Hours’ will continue the political discourse on January 15th. Watch below.