Movie Reviews: 13 Hours

13 Hours directed by Michael Bay

Would you like a testosterone injection? 

I’ll do you one better. 

Watch this movie.

I used to be a fan of Michale Bay films as a teenager. Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon, and all of the 360 camera moves they eyes can take. It was awesome.

Then there were the transformer movies and I became jaded. I knew he was talented to make all sorts of action movies, perhaps even picking up the mantle of McTiernan, but all that was spent on CGI popcorn flicks. 

I warmed up a little with Pain & Gain, which I thought was pretty damn funny and went back to his roots as a buddy action movie director. 

I watched 13 hours and I’m here to say something I would not have imagined 5 years ago.

Michael Bay is back.

13 hours is a stupendous action film that focuses less on the politics and the grey area of international intervention and the repurcussions of it. There is no message of “Join Now.” There is no jingoistic good vs evil.

Here, the Spartans aka contractors are the heroes of the film, something not recognized very much in military circles, especially after the Blackwater incident in Iraq gave the whole industry a black eye. 

Where is the line between uniformed combatants and personal security detail?  Where does their authority come from? Can they act with their own conscience with rebellious patriotism that bureaucrats and cautious military brass wouldn’t want to risk? 

The casting was pretty damn good. John Krasinski was someone I didn’t see as a star, but now I do (let’s just hope he stays away from Romantic comedies) The other 5 men in the fire team all did a fine job. They looked like men who lived a life of guns, beards, and creatine.

The movie had me focused until the very end. 

I don’t know what is a better film, this or Zero-Dark-Thirty

Movie Rating: 10/10 Fire Teams