THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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#13   13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI









#13 of 2017 is 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016), which purports to tell the story of what happened in Libya the day that the U-S Embassy and CIA compound were attacked by terrorists. The story is told from the point of view of the US-hired contractors there to protect the CIA compound, but who also attempt to rescue those at the Embassy. The film almost totally avoids the political questions around this tragic story to focus on the action. For a Michael Bay film, it's a tad restrained but way overlong at almost 2 1/2 hours. Still the battle sequences are well depicted, especially the siege at the compound. The performances are decent, especially cast-against-type John Krasinski (Jim of "The Office") as a beefed-up contractor taking the gig because his family needs the money. Odd to see two members of "The Office" cast (Krasinski and David Denman, who played Roy, Pam's fiancee) as fellow bearded, beefed-up, no nonsense CIA contractors going to war together. These two characters would have riddled Dwight with bullets...

TLA one-word review: brutal

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