’13 Hours’ Featurette: The Real Soldiers Weigh in on Michael Bay’s Benghazi Movie

     November 10, 2015

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Following the release of a new trailer a few days ago, Paramount has revealed a new featurette for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Directed by Michael Bay, the film depicts the assault of the United States embassy in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 that led to the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. As the subtitle suggests, the film will center on the six soldiers who responded to the attack and engaged the enemy in an attempt to defend the Americans stationed at the embassy. As the titular soldiers, the film stars John Krasinski along with James Badge Dale (The Departed), Max Martini (Captain Phillips), Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black), and David Denman (The Office). The screenplay was penned by Chuck Hogan (The Strain).

The featurette includes several of the former elite military members the film depicts adding some context as to who they are and how they ended up fighting to defend the compound in Libya. There is some behind-the-scenes footage along with new film footage. While I am not all that interested in a Michael Bay vision regarding such an event, the inclusion of the actual soldiers in this featurette is of note. Granted, they don’t get into too much detail beyond explaining who they are and praising Michael Bay, but it is somewhat relieving that those who were actually involved had a say in the film’s development.


13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi will be released January 15, 2016.

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