A Race Against time in Benghazi

Jacob Jimenez, Entertainment Editor

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“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is the newest movie by the famous director Michael Bay, known for The Transformers films. The movie is based on true events that happened in 2012. A group of U.S. mercenaries fight for their lives against a cruel group of Islamic jihadists.

The movie focuses on a team of mercenaries made up of ex-Marines, Army Rangers, and Navy Seals. They are stationed in an undercover C.I.A. base in Benghazi, Libya that no one knows about. The C.I.A. helps diplomats and operatives in the city. U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens (Matt Letscher) comes to talk to the locals to turn Libya into a capitalist country.

The ambassador is stationed in the U.S. Embassy with little security. On Sept. 11, 2012, a group of Islamic people starts to attack the embassy, trying to kill the ambassador. The mercenaries want to save him, but they don’t have the jurisdiction to go ahead. This is when the movie gets interesting. The mercenaries have to survive for 13 hours until support comes after countless attacks on their base.

The movie was released Jan. 15th and made over $15 million on its opening weekend. The movie has big actors like John Krasinski (Jack), James Badge Dale (Rone), Pablo Schreiber (Tonto), and Max Martini (Oz). The movie got a rating of 7.6 out of 10 on IMDB.com and a 58 out of 100 on RottenTomatoes.com. It’s your average military gung-ho movie with lots of action that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat. The Oarsman gives “13 Hours” a 7.5 out of 10 because the movie is partly propaganda when it says ISIS was behind this attack. It is an overall good movie.