13 Hours Analysis

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Michael Bay brings yet another thrilling cinematic masterpiece back to the big screen in his new movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. The film is based on the book 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff, which depicts the terrorist attack by Islamic militants at the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. The story is told from the perspective of the compound’s defenders, and aside from some character development, holds true to the actual events.

Benghazi, Libya is named one of the most dangerous places in the world. However, the United States has a diplomatic compound in the city called the Special Mission and a CIA outpost called the Annex about a mile away. Jack Silva, new to the diplomatic security detail,
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In a historically based film, the first thing to look at is its accuracy. Michael Bay has told the media that he has done far more research for this film than any other media outlet. This is arguably true, as he has met with the CIA, interviewed several of the CIA contractors and obviously worked with the writer of the book. However, upon the release of the film, the CIA Chief of Station, who publicly identified himself as “Bob”, told news sources that one of the most important plot points was incorrect. He claimed that the Chief never ordered the team to stand down, which was a costly call. “There never was a stand-down order,” he told the Washington Post. “At no time did I ever second-guess that the team would depart.” However, this claim has been debunked. Every contractor agreed that the CIA told them to stand down, despite the calls for help. "We jumped up and got ready to go," says former Army Ranger Kris Paronto. "We were ready to go within five minutes." Fellow annex security team member Mark Geist, a former Marine, says that the CIA station chief, kept the men from responding for "almost 30 minutes." Eventually, they left without getting the okay. -The O'Reilly Factor. Countless other articles expand on other points that are proven to be

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