Fifth about The Seventh

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 Hours13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi: Michael Bay essentially skips the story and the context and jumps directly into the action here. Needless to say, any sense of who those characters are, and therefore much reason to care, went out of the window as well. For the most part, those men are perfectly interchangeable without any loss. The ever-moving camera of Dion Beebe and the ultra-kinetic editing (both staples of Bay) make no thematic sense, as they create a geographic disorientation that the characters don’t feel (it’s a recurring theme that friends and foes can’t be told apart, but the characters always know where they are). Sound design is loud but effective, like Lorne Balfe’s generic score. John Krasinski is the only cast member that has the chance to display any acting chops.

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