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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

This was one brutal movie! Brutal, but good. It tells the tale of a group of 6 elite soldiers stationed at a CIA base in Benghazi, Libya. It's a secret outpost, and the country seems to be in a state of peace after a recent revolution, but all of a sudden contempt starts brewing again, and the group hold one fierce last stand on the rooftops of a fragile fortress, not sure who's really friend or foe, and help never seems to arrive.

They have a stubborn boss, too, who doesn't make things easy for them at first - but he comes around. There's a great show of patriotism, of course, and relations to build empathy for each soldier, but the amounts of each don't feel excessive - they don't get in the way of battle. That it's based upon a true story, albeit a glorified one, only makes it all the fiercer, and it is one fierce battle! Unexpectedly fierce when it kicks in.

It feels authentic, and uncensored. Flesh and bone, blood and fire, a group of veterans fighting in a strange place for a strange reason. But as they say: All the Gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you.

Overall, it's a gritty but great watch, with attention to detail and realism.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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