U.S. Release Date: 1/15/16
For Hilary Clinton, the Democratic runner in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, the ghost of Benghazi will not be exorcised.
Clinton was Secretary of State when terrorists, on September 11, 2012, attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. A team of private security contractors responded to the attack and defended the consulate, but US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other people were killed.
The story is now being told in Paramount Pictures’ 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – a big budget Hollywood actioner directed by Michael Bay. The filmmaker is certainly no stranger to action and explosions – he shepherded the Transformers movies to the screen. While those titles are, of course, grounded in fantasy, his latest release is a chunk of reality that’s likely to haunt Clinton and her bid for the White House.
Clinton, who was Secretary of State during the attack, has been criticized for failing to sufficiently protect the consulate. Last year, she testified – over a period of one day – before the Select Committee on Benghazi, led by the Republican Party, on Capitol Hill.
In Bay’s movie, which does not mention Clinton by name, John Krasinski – best known as Jim Halpert in TV’s The Office – plays Jack Silva, a former Navy SEAL turned security specialist. James Badge Dale, star of World War Z and Iron Man 3, plays Tyrone “Rone” Woods, a contractor who died during the battle.
Other members of the crew comprise of Kris “Tanto” Paronto, (Pablo Schreiber), Mark “Oz” Geist (Max Martini), Dave “Boon” Benton (David Denman) and John “Tig” Tiegen (Dominic Fumusa).
Once the attack begins, the specialists, in this movie, are ordered to “stand down” while the CIA director hunts down a militia group to combat the terrorists, but the team instead makes a decision to save the consulate. However, 20 minutes have been lost.
Much has been said about the “stand down” order. The Committee concluded that there was no such order, but the contractors insist otherwise.
Bay’s latest offering – based on the book by Mitchell Zuckoff and members of the security team – recently premiered in Dallas at a special benefit for veterans. Around 32,000 people attended the event, which also honored the contractors and those killed in the attack.
In a recent interview with Variety, Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore says that the Benghazi story has become lost in political debate. As a result, he hopes that the movie will instead highlight the contractors’ heroism and their determination to lay down their lives for others.
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Michael Bay
Stars: John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, Max Martini, David Denman and Dominic Fumusa
Screenwriter: Chuck Hogan (Based on the book 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff and Members of the Annex Security Team)
Producers: Erwin Stoff and Michael Bay
Executive Producers: Scott Gardenhour, Richard Abate and Matthew Cohan
Image Info: James Badge Dale plays Tyrone ‘Rone’ Woods in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi from Paramount Pictures and 3 Arts Entertainment / Bay Films in theatres January 15, 2016. Photo credit goes to Christian Black © 2015 PARAMOUNT PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.