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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Action, Drama, Thriller

An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

The critical consensus

Election-year conservative fearmongering masquerading as cinema, 13 Hours does a disservice both to its excellent cast and the heroic individuals they portray.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Nikki Baughan, The List, 26/01/2016

Bay squanders the potential to explore the nuances of a politically sensitive issue and instead descends into a gruesome display of war porn.

***(*)(*)Tony Horkins, Empire Online, 26/01/2016

Michael Bay’s account of a besieged US diplomatic compound in Libya is like an endless video game – but without the subtlety and insight.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 28/01/2016

Verdict: Jingoistic but well-crafted.

***(*)(*)Brian Viner, Daily Mail, 29/01/2016

Siege story is demeaned by gung-ho treatment.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 28/01/2016

Harrowing scenes of carnage and death still fascinate Bay more than personal stories or political complexity so it makes for an exhausting watch that never lets up and rarely provides any contrast to the heat of battle.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 29/01/2016

Director Michael Bay checks nuance at the door for this politically slanted take on the 2012 US compound attack in Libya.

**(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 31/01/2016

The action is blistering, if a little repetitive, and for those who aren’t familiar with the story it is an eye-opening balls up in which the Americans aren’t the cavalry.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 31/01/2016

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Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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