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David Denman, John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber in 13 Hours Review

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a 2016 film directed and co-produced by Michael Bay (Transformers), written by Chuck Hogan (The Strain, The Town), based on a 2014 book by Mitchell Zuckoff, called 13 Hours.

If you like gritty military action, this is the film for you.

Michael Bay movies.

In 2012, the threat level in Benghazi, Libya was deemed “critical”. At an unofficial CIA base, a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi’s downfall a power vacuum existed in a volatile climate. Then a dimwit US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, decides to visit the area, staying in a compound near a covert CIA base. But this compound is not designed as securely as the CIA base. Then on the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador’s compound is attacked by waves of armed locals.

The only help available to protect the U.S. compounds are six CIA contractors, six men who had the courage to stand up and do what was right, despite being told it was not their job or fight.

The cast includes John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, Max Martini, David Costabile, David Giuntoli (Grimm) and so many more.

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When I started watching this film, I was sucked in almost immediately by the atmosphere and tone of the first act as they set up the characters, their lives, their professional scenario, the setting in Benghazi and more.

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Grimm on NBC, a review

If you haven’t caught NBC’s Grimm, and you like the kind of show where evil monsters are smite and innocent humanity is saved, then this is the show you have been looking for.  If you’ve been watching, but on a time-shifted basis, there will be some season three slight spoilers.

Grimm is like the modern day Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, but Grimm still retains its own identity without getting lost under the genre that Buffy (and Joss Whedon) set.  The show is brought to NBC by creators Stephen Carpenter, David Greenwalt (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Eureka), & Jim Kouf (Angel, Ghost Whisperer) and is inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales.

Grimm - Derek Mears

For one thing, they have their own set of monsters outside the normal set of vampires, werewolves and the like.  Plus they had a pretty cool evil Santa Claus monster in their latest December episode titled “Twelve Days of Krampus.”  I actually liked the guy, he kept kidnapping kids who did evil things.  And between the monster(s) of the week, there’s a few good character stories running in the background that keep you focused on the characters and their progression within the franchise.  Yes, one would find they actually care about the characters.

This third season of Grimm is in the middle of their mid-season finale break episode, and I have to say that so far, the show runners have turned the story around, added a stronger support structure for Nick and keeps it fresh.

Grimm - Red Eyed David Giuntoli

This season so far, we’ve dealt with Nick (David Giuntoli) recovering from his little kidnapping and possessed stint from the beginning of the season.  And the writers are keeping some side affects from this kidnapping stint off in the background, with little nudges here and there that something else is coming our way.

Grimm - Russell Hornsby

His partner, Hank (Russell Hornsby [Lincoln Heights, In Treatment]), having been introduced to the world of Wesen (pronounced vessen), seems to have acclimated and embraced this new reality nicely.  It’s good to see Nick have someone on the force, on his side.  No matter what.

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GRIMM Season Finale

May 22, 2012

The first season of Grimm has come to a close with its first season finale and I must say, that the show has succeeded through the weeks of the first season, managed to have snagged a spot in my schedule.  At first it wasn’t a real eye-catcher but it was of the genre type television […]

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TV Review of NBC’s ‘Grimm’ Season Premiere (& Casting Call Notes)

November 3, 2011

NBC’s Grimm takes you back to the day when you could sit down and enjoy a fun monster-bashing show and still do a good job of mixing the monsters…

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