13 Hours

  • By aga
  • 20 Jan, 2016

The "true" story of Benghazi 

Unlike most people talking about this movie, I decided I would watch it first before commenting. As a movie, it was very interesting and highly entertaining, think of it as the new Black Hawk Down. It takes a tragic event and turns it into 144 minutes of Hollywood action where the good guys never miss and the bad guys never seem to hit anyone unless they just had a monologue about their plans right after the fight. I would even go so far as to say it is one of the best movies I have seen in a while and I watch a lot of movies.

As some sort of political statement that the right wing media is hoping it will become, I would have to say it failed. After you settle in and the popcorn farts are brewing in your gut you will already be in movie watching mode. After the credits roll, you will be mad that these guys received no help and that it really seemed like this was a set up from the start, but by the time you are almost home you are going to be wondering if Jim is gonna try and get his job back at Dunder Mifflin.

You can't tell true stories with movies, not if your intention is to change minds. All you can do with movies is enforce people's beliefs. This story really does need to be told and not reduced to entertainment.

Go watch it. Don't worry, if you are left wing, it is not going to make you question your beliefs, you will just see an entertaining movie about a US ambassador and some CIA agents that were left to die with only the protection of some Alpha contractors to protect them.
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