13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

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A Courageous Act to Do What is Right
Also known simply as 13 hours, was billed as a true story of six members of a security team who fight to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya after waves of terrorist attacks on 2012. During that year, Libya was names as one of the most dangerous country in the world due to civil war and Islamist militants. However, United States still has a diplomatic compound in the city and sent U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens (Matt Letscher) to maintain diplomatic connections amidst the political and social chaos. One night, a group of the Islamist militants assault the compound where Ambassador Stevens was staying and set it on fire. A not-so-secret CIA outpost called “The Annex” where a team of private military contractors from Global Response Staff made up of former military special operations personnel are waiting for the approval of their chief to help in the fight against the militants. The chief refused to give the green light as it will leave the Annex vulnerable. But due to their sense of responsibility to help and save the Ambassador, the team went to the compound to help the fight. Despite their efforts to save the Ambassador, they only found an office named Sean Smith alive and others have died from smoke inhalation. They retreat back to the Annex and tried to hold the ground and defend the area while waiting for help from the US military.

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This action true to life story is indeed worth watching as it makes you more aware on how other people and country are dealing against war and terrorists. I must say that though this movie was directed by Michael Bay, the visual effects of the movie are not that extravagant but will actually show a more realistic fight zone. Screenplays are well planned from the main characters to the battle itself. The movie shows not only the tough side of each of the military personnel but of their softer size which is their family. As we all know, this movie does not focuses on one main character but of 6 different people and I must say that Chuck Hogan did a good job delegating the scenes equally. The movie reminds us of how courageous a person can be especially if it is a call of duty and means of protecting the country and its people. These people are willing to risk their lives for the country and for their countrymen. My highest gratitude and salute to all the people not only those who serves in the military but to all those who serves their country and countrymen in the best of their abilities and even their own lives. Wars come and go but soldiers stay eternal….

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)
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