With 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi, Michael Bay is taking a break from the summer blockbuster fare that we are so used to seeing from the director. Sort of. While 13 Hours is indeed being released in the winter rather than the summer, it will still consist of the same rollicking action that we expect from the bombastic director. Not that you could tell from the first trailers for 13 Hours. That’s now been corrected with the latest international look at the film, which proves that 13 Hours will consist of the same loud, over the top explosions and visuals that you expect from a Michael Bay film. You check out the new trailer for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi below.
There you go. That’s what we’ve come to know and love about Michael Bay’s films. There is busy, handheld camerawork; loud, surprising explosions and gun-shots; as well as fire, RPGs, car chases, shots from helicopters, and what appear to be countless action set pieces. Plus, we get to see John Krasinski going straight for the emotional jugular with a speech about his daughters and wife, and even erupting in anger for some reason. And that’s exactly what we want.
Yet, with 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi the director is looking to tell a more sentimental story. Based on the true story of six members of a security team that defended an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya after a terrorist attack on September 11, 2012, there is hope that Bay might show some cinematic restraint.
But, while there are hopes that 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi will be more narratively cohesive and less extravagant than some of Michael Bay’s previous films -- which include the likes of Pearl Harbor and The Island -- you can be rest assured that the director’s first and foremost thought will have been to make a hugely entertaining action thriller.
Michael Bay has assembled an impressive cast for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi, with The Walk’s James Badge Dale and The Office’s John Krasinski leading the way, while the script comes from Chuck Hogan -- who is primarily a novelist known for the likes of Prince Of Thieves: A Novel, which was adapted into Ben Affleck’s The Town.
Reviews for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi are currently embargoed ahead of its release on January 15. This is usually a worrying sign that the studio is well aware their film is subpar. But, I still hold hope that 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi will deliver everything I want from a Michael Bay film. Anything more will just be a bonus.