Whatever your opinion on the war on terror there’s no denying its deep influence on every facet of life. Remnants of the war waged against terrorists have infiltrated our thoughts and shaped our behaviour. Engulfed in a torrent of news articles, think pieces and exposé you may feel suffocated rather than informed especially since most of what we see or hear comes from one side.
Call it propaganda or just a reaction to our times but the Western involvement in the Middle East somehow finds its way into our movies. Screenwriters wanting their works to seem topical may push elements into their scripts. Middle Easterners, or at least those as depicted in modern media (i.e. fierce unkempt looking bearded males AKA “oppressors” on burqa clad women), are easily penciled in as villains of the moment. Why risk being banned by China the biggest movie market outside of the U.S.? Just write your antagonists as vaguely Arab even when the characters origin was never depicted as such (looking at you Mandarin!).
After “Zero Dark Thirty”, “American Sniper” and to some extent even “Lone Survivor” showed legs at the box-office this sub-genre has proven lucrative. Now it is auteur Michael Bay’s turn to share his take with his latest movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”. Based on the assault on the American embassy in Libya during the last days of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s reign it depicts the heroic plight of ex-Military men in defending the lives of Americans while barbaric Islamist militants invaded the compound.
Check out the trailer below for what is sure to be yet another fair depiction of the plight of westerners in a foreign land.
Check out the trailer for Michael Bay’s middle east set “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”:
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Cast & Crew Information:
|Producers||:||Erwin Stoff, Scott Gardenhour|
|Screenplay||:||Chuck Hogan (adaptation), Mitchell Zuckoff (book)|
|Cast||:||John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Toby Stephens, David Costabile|
|Website||:||Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi|
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore Release Date:
|13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Malaysia Release Date||:||Unavailable at time of publishing|
|13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Philippines Release Date||:||Unavailable at time of publishing|
|13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Singapore Release Date||:||Unavailable at time of publishing|
|13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi UK Release Date||:||15 January 2016|
|13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi U.S. Release Date||:||15 January 2016|
On the evening of September 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a group of Islamist militants attack on the American diplomatic compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya. They kill four Americans, including a US Ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens. A security team of six members fight to defend Americans but only partially succeed.