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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.

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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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Megan Fox in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a review-brusimm

As much as I wanted to like the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles movie, it came across as dead on arrival in the movie theater.

As a youngster, I loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I even got a kick out of the movie they did back in 1990. The snark and attitude was just perfect, we were introduced to Elias Koteas as the hockey stick wielding Casey. But when Bay and company went to make the turtles a bit more serious and less snark, they completely gutted this franchise reboot. It was the over-the-top snarkiness that was fun, and that was pretty much gone.

The movie started with an intro scene of cartoon panels, describing the turtles past and how they came to be. We then segued into present day, and the evil Foot Clan was terrorizing the city, and mysterious vigilantes were stopping them.

We were introduced to April O’Neil (Megan Fox), who was on a quest to make a name for herself in the news industry by digging up clues to these vigilantes, but not having a great time of it. No one believed her crazy claims of six-foot tall Ninja wielding turtles. And a touch later on, we see and meet the turtles, Splinter, and of course, Shredder are introduced.

I don’t get it. With Michael Bay producing, and Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Battle: Los Angeles) directing, I would have thought this to be much, much better. Instead, we got what amounts to a live-action, ninety-minute cartoon episode with a very flat, non-energetic delivery. The Foot Clan was already an established threat and their reason for being evil was so glazed over that I either missed it or they are evil just to be evil.

William Fichtner (Whom I truly enjoy watching) who played scientific industrialist Eric Sacks had a crucial role in the film, and yet his character delivery was literally flat and boring. That is very unusual for Fichtner.

Whoopi Goldberg, who played O’neil’s editor, was the most legitimate and enjoyable character.

I couldn’t even find any redemption in some of the CGI’d Ninja action.

As far as what the turtles have been known for, over the years, their classic snarkiness that fans have come to enjoy, was not there.  There was something else, some kind of attitude, but it wasn’t that magic combination of fun.

At least Michael Bay seems to be over that spat that came up between himself and Megan Fox way back when she called him a Nazi during an interview.

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‘Pain and Gain’ Review

September 2, 2013

Pain and Gain, a movie about actual events from the 90’s.  It may actually replicate events way to well for my taste, but see what I have to say for real. Pain and Gain starts out with Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) being chased by police.  (The movie takes place in 1994/1995). We then pop back […]

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‘Transformers 4’ Gets New Actor + Some Movie Story Background

January 8, 2013

There’s new news on the street for Transformers 4… well, maybe it’s a bit more than news on the street, it’s the word from director Michael Bay, announcing that he’s hired a new actor to play opposite Mark Wahlberg. The new guy is Jack Reynor, and as Bay puts it, “I just hired a great […]

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Transformers 4: News, Casting, Casting Calls, Script Leaks and Non-Leaks

December 17, 2012

I’ve been hovering over the latest news on Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 project and rather than pump out every single thing that hits the web, I wait a bit.  And sometimes, I’m glad I do/did. First up was some story details… Early Transformer 4 synopsis’ went like this: Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) returns with a […]

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Michael Bay Casts Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 4 & Reveals New TF4 Logo

November 8, 2012

Michael Bay releases the FIRST official logo for Transformers 4 and announces a new cast member, all in one fell swoop. – Ah, the beauty of the web.  The first news of Mark Wahlberg being cast in Transformers 4 came via rumors that Michael Bay took action to deny, via his website. OK, that’s happened […]

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Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 4 (Was/Is a Rumor?)

November 7, 2012

A few weeks back some folk were spreading their insights about Mark Wahlberg landing the lead human gig on Michael Bay’s next Transformers movie, Transformers 4. The net got wild about it but Bay had to come out and sooth the nerves of many, saying that he’s working with Wahlberg, but on something else. But […]

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Various News Bits From Around the Web 9-13-12

September 13, 2012

Today’s news bites that caught my attention include news from the Transformers franchise, the Hulk, Justified, The Dark Knight Rises, The Bourne Legacy and a few other snippets of entertainment news! – Transformers 4 Word on the street is that Michael Bay‘s 4th Autobot movie, Transformers 4, will be a bit of a reboot.  The […]

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Michael Bay Forced To Speak About His Ninja Turtle Movie

August 31, 2012

Yes, there’s a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie being manhandled or produced, by Michael Bay.  Yes, as usual, either a sneaky marketing ploy or completely untrustworthy studio staffer stole a copy of an early script and unleashed it on the internet. And people didn’t approve, for many reasons, that I don’t think I need going […]

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More ‘Transformers 4’ News, From Michael Bay Himself

June 22, 2012

First we had a nice little fake Transformers 4 promo poster.  But it was interesting timing because the LA Times chatted up Michael Bay recently at his Transformers ride at Universal Studios Hollywood and the new movie came up. On talking about Transformers 4, Bay was setting some details out there about his upcoming new […]

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‘Transformers 4’ First Fake Promo Art Is Here!

June 20, 2012

It first appeared as if the promotional nudge for Transformers 4 may have begun.  I saw this image was called the first promo art for the movie and my source thought they dug around enough and could not disprove that it was or wasn’t fan art. I was pretty jazzed thinking this might be the […]

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SPIDER MAN, TRANSFORMERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA, WONDER WOMAN Movie News For a Wed

June 6, 2012

Check out this quickie preview scene from The Amazing Spider-Man movie… it gives nothing (much) away… – LOL… Transformers 4 will be Michael Bay‘s final Transformers movie… again. LA Times, in a piece about the new Transformers ride, says that Bay says The director, by the way, says that the fourth film will include some […]

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Movie Production Status Changes For The Week of April 18th, 2012

April 18, 2012

This week I saw some tidbits from a professional services account I hold, showing some production status changes for a few movies that are on the near to distant (within a year?) horizon of seeing their theatrical releases. Amongst the titles in this list are movies like Anchorman 2, Transformers 4, Akira, a new Jack […]

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People Pickled About Michael Bay’s Plans for ‘Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Movie

March 22, 2012

in case you haven’t, the news on the street was that Michael Bay was planning on adding his own take to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-adaptation reboot of the franchise.

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Is Michael Bay Considering TRANSFORMERS 4 or Focusing on PAIN AND GAIN? [Cinema Static]

December 8, 2011

According to various outlets, Michael Bay is in negotiations to direct another TRANSFORMERS franchise movie. Or is he?

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Is Michael Bay A Good Luck Charm for NASCAR’s Tony Stewart?

November 24, 2011

My family came by for Thanksgiving and we popped in TRANSFORMERS 3. And just last week, Tony Stewart won the 2011 Sprint Cup championship. Eh???….

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Michael Bay MIght Do How Many More ‘Transformers’ Sequels?

October 18, 2011

For the last few years we know that Michael Bay has said that he was only working on a trilogy of films for the TRANSFORMERS movie franchise that…

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‘The Lion King 3D’ Has Opened The Rerelease Flood Gates

October 5, 2011

With how well the rerelease of The Lion King did in 3D in the movie theater, I had said previously it will only be a matter of time.

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