The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi



Director Michael Bay plans to get right into the middle of the 2016 elections with the release of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, which hits theaters on January 15th, 2 1/2 weeks before the Iowa Caucus.

The movie is based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s book Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, a moment-by-moment account beloved by Washington types who believe the CIA order the security officers to “stand down” during the crisis.

Bay, who gets a lot of flak from critics for action pictures like Transformers: Age of Extinction and Pain & Gain, isn’t known for taking on highly-charged political topics in his movies but Paramount has decided to release 13 Hours on the same January weekend that’s proved so successful for military-themed movies like Zero Dark Thirty, Lone Survivor and American Sniper.

The movie details the story of the private contractors hired to protect State Department personnel during the September 11, 2012 attacks on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Bay gets into the political thriller game with Jim and Roy from The Office (John Krasinski and David Denman) in lead roles. The film also stars Max Martini (Saving Private Ryan, Captain Phillips) Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange is the New Black), Toby Stephens (Black Sails, Die Another Day) and James Badge Dale (The Pacific).

Check out the trailer below and let us know if you plan to see 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

  • Shawn McFadden

    I will see this movie. Something or someone prevented the consulate from being evacuated. Up to this point, no one has talked.

  • Yellow Devil

    Seems…interesting. Although it still seem a bit too Bay-ish for the topic at hand, hopefully the message doesn’t take a backstage to the action.

  • JohnD

    Read the book. Doesn’t dwell on the stand down orders or the lack of outside support. I still cant figure out why the Med Fleet, the US army in Europe, the SF Bn in Germany, Marines in Sigonella, Rota etc could not be flown in for,support? Gen. Ham, an honorable officer, is chastised for asking about sending troops? The book was. Good,explanation of,the ground eye views but dod not elaborate on the wider picture or the lack of senior action to,either prevent or assist in this tradgety!

  • JohnD

    I watched and hated the “Hurt Locker” and thought Zero Dark,Thirty mad the central,figure too individually important when it was hundreds of different people doing all the actions of one character! Sorry, water boarding works and everyone going thru SERE training gets water boarded!

    • patrick

      ^It can work, but it is still against Geneva protocols.^

  • john

    this was the first time I had ever heard of a embassy not guarded by marines any info on that?

  • Jim

    Airstrike would have saved these brave operators who performed their duties to the best of their abilities with resources they had. Pray for their families and brothers in harms way!