In 2012, the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, was assaulted by a group of armed attackers. The incident ended in the deaths of four American citizens, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, and became a flashpoint in American politics, with numerous accusations of lax security or potential cover-ups being lobbed at the Obama White House and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
As a matter of course, the attack also featured some explosions, which appears to have been what drew director and producer Michael Bay to the Benghazi story. Dialing in on the most important aspects of the attack, Bay has released the trailer for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi, his upcoming film about the team of take-charge badasses who put a stop to the assault, no matter what the bureaucrats and bean-counters had to say about it.
As previously reported, the trailer stars John Krasinski, employing the power of Beard Gravitas to make the image of Jim Halpert pointing a gun at someone look a little less ridiculous. Krasinski is surrounded by a bunch of tough dudes and exploding stuff, and very little in the way of political subtext, working with a team of steely-eyed hero men to kill all the bad guys and growl their way to victory. Bay will presumably let all the other Benghazi movies handle that more complicated, boring material, letting his movie—which opens on January 15, 2016—focus on the fun, exciting parts of the lethal terrorist attacks.
Yes, Michael Bay loves to blow shit up. He also loves the military. Look at the picture above, he loves filming some action! Military hardware! Hooahhh!!
Bay’s film, much like a lot of films to portray recent special ops/military history, looks 100 percent pro military. Some of the trailer’s dialogue hints that obviously the blame for the whole Benghazi affair was on the government. If they just let military men do their job, there would be no problems.
Michael Bay has a history of military worship. Oddly enough, one of his earlier films The Rock, actually portrays the military in a more negative light, although they’re given the excuse of compensation not being paid to them by the government. Basically, everything from Pearl Harbor (2001) on is a military love fest.
The entire Transformers series gets its rocks off from military hardware and action scenes. It’s no surprise that Michael Bay is involved with yet another film that hero worships the military, but perhaps a little more perturbing that Bay is tackling a “real life” story. This isn’t Bay’s first time on the true story train — Pearl Harbor and Pain & Gain also dealt from real events.
If Michael Bay’s purpose to do nothing with these true stories except highlight the military’s awesomeness, then count me out. Fetishizing over the military is nothing new in cinema, but Bay takes it to grandiose levels of hero worship.