Michael Bay

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi


During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

#action     #thriller     #war    



"13 Hours" is the latest movie from Michael Bay. As most of his movies feel too patriotic and have way too many explosions, I am not really fond of his work. While the first point still stands for this film, the second one is actually justified. The explosions also don't feel forced like with many of his other movies. My biggest problem is the run time, which is almost 2 hours and 30 minutes. They could have cut half the movie whilst still keeping the same story. This also hurts the pacing and makes the movie feel incredibly slow. However, the action was well directed and had some real tension behind them. While the actors did a fine job portraying their characters, I couldn't relate to any of them and some were plain unlikable. Overall, "13 Hours" is the best Michael Bay movie since "Bad Boys 2" but I still don't recommend it to anyone except to his fans.

#bad 2.0


In general I’m not the greatest fan of Michael Bay films. At most, for me they can be a kick back and just watch movie when I have nothing else to do but I think this was different with “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”. I actually enjoyed the movie for it’s story and I enjoyed it’s characters. I might be biased because I am a big fan of war movies such as this one, but it’s not all positive for me either. It’s biggest flaw is the length, which is too long for it’s own good. This creates some boring moments especially somewhere mid-way the film. It’s also pretty action packed but not as much as the “Transformers” franchise and most action was limited to gun combat. In the end I believe most moviegoers who like war movies will find enjoyment in “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”

#great 3.5


Michael Bay is back at it again with a movie that isn't Transformers. This time it is a war movie called “13 Hours” and believe us when we say it is better than Transformers will ever be as long as he is at the helm of the “franchise”. As we all know, Michael Bay is known for his grand action set pieces which are present in his new flick as well. All the action is well directed and less over the top than Transformers which makes for some real excitement behind the scenes. Sadly, the action is the only thing keeping this movie from becoming a real snooze. This is mostly due to the long 2 hour plus runtime which greatly exceeds the potential of the story. Although none of the actors performed badly, some characters were just unlikeable. It is debatable whether this is intentional or not. We could recommend “13 Hours” to anyone who occasionally likes a war movie and those who have enjoyed Michael Bay movies for the last couple of years.

#enjoyable 3.0