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13 Hours, The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - the ones that fought back.

On Tuesday, night as old man winter settled in for the night, I was snuggled comfy in a packed theater for the film screening of:

13 Hours, The secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Rated R
2 Hours 24 Minutes run time

Cast: Playing the role of the real life military: John Krasinski, Max Martini, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens

So, how was it? 

The film is intense, realistic, emotional, historical, factual, courageous, faithful, and heart pounding.


This film is a true story. The beginning of the film tells you that as well as introduces the actual elite soldiers on security detail in Benghazi. During their stay they encountered a rebel invasion.
13 Hours of intense fighting. Six men, 13 hours, without American Military Support. (Stand down orders were given)

Six men fought back. 
For you, for me, because that's who they are and what they do. 

In a theater with every seat filled, we did not laugh or say wow's out loud, perhaps there were more tears than each of us knew.  

I don't normally feel like I am in the film's setting, but this time I did-in a sense. I didn't suffer any wounds, except my pounding heart, but wow-you know when things are going bad in a film - you keep waiting for the good guys to show up. I waited.

I found it hard to walk out of the theater, like I should do more, we should do more, how can we help those that defend our lives? 

  • Although actors are playing the roles of the real life soldiers, I could not tell a difference, the film is very life like, realistic, and I prayed a lot, especially when I had to close my eyes.
  • The audience clapped when the film was over. I was in disbelief that a fly by, air support, or ground support was not sent.
  • Six men, highly skilled, highly trained, fought back.
  • They prayed to God. 
  • Thumbs way up for going to see it again.
  • Do not bring children. It's rated R. Do not bring Children. It is loud, violent, gruesome at times, and a true story. Do not bring Children. Yes, I did repeat that because there were children at the screening which totally was wrong, really wrong. 


This action packed movie is based on the events of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya, when ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and Foreign Service Information officer Sean Smith were killed during a coordinated attack by Islamic militants on the American embassy. Six security officers battle through the night to save lives and repel the siege. 

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Disclosure: I was invited to the screening of this film by Grace Hill Media. The comments and views are my own.

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