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The film follows six members of Annex Security Team who fought to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi , Libya after waves of attacks by militants on September 11, Filming began on April 27, in Malta and Morocco.
Known colloquially as "the Benghazi movie",  the film was released on January 15, , by Paramount Pictures. In , Benghazi , Libya is named one of the most dangerous places in the world, and countries have pulled their diplomatic offices out of the country in fear of an attack by militants. The United States , however, still has a diplomatic compound not an official consulate open in the city.
Prior to the U. Ambassador's arrival, the GRS team members visit the Special Mission , the location where the Ambassador will be staying. They review the location and warn its Diplomatic Security DS agents about the risk of minimal security arrangements and the high probability of a surprise attack due its volatile circumstances.
The U. Ambassador Chris Stevens arrives in Benghazi to maintain diplomatic connections amidst the political and social chaos, with limited protection from five Diplomatic Security DS agents, principally, Scott Wickland and Dave Ubben, along with guards hired from the local February 17th Martyrs Brigade militia, nicknamed "Feb".
On the morning of the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks , Stevens notices suspicious men taking pictures of the compound and notifies his security detail.
Back at the Annex, Silva finds out that his wife is pregnant. That night, a group of militants from Ansar al-Sharia assault the compound. The Feb guards quickly surrender their posts, allowing the attackers easy access to the Special Mission compound.
Wickland takes Stevens and Smith , an IT specialist, into the safe room.
Unable to breach the safe room, the attackers set the building on fire hoping to burn the men out. Wickland is able to escape but loses both Stevens and Smith. At the Annex, the GRS team desperately wants to go to the compound to help, but the Chief refuses, fearing that the team's departure would expose the Annex.
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However, the team dispatches to the compound and meets up with the DS agents. Silva and Woods go into the building to try to find Stevens and Smith, but are only able to find Smith's body. After an intense firefight inside the compound against the militants, The DS team retreats; but after Wickland goes in the wrong direction, they are followed by militants on their way back to the Annex.
Later, the GRS team also retreats to the Annex. Knowing an attack by the militants is imminent, the CIA staff of the Annex makes several desperate calls for help. The only help they can get is from Glen "Bub" Doherty , a GRS officer in Tripoli , who forms a team including two Delta operators that fly to Benghazi after several delays. Meanwhile, the GRS team fends off the militants as they try to breach the Annex perimeter.
13 Hours: Michael Bay's Benghazi movie and 'the American Way'
After repelling the largest attack wave, the Annex receives word from ISR that help is en route. The militants launch a mortar attack in which Ubben and Geist are wounded; Geist's left arm is partially severed. Woods rushes to aid Geist and is killed by another mortar round. Doherty is also killed when a third mortar detonates directly in front of him. Fearing the worst, the operators prepare to make a final stand, until it is revealed that the convoy is an element of the Libya Shield Force militia escorting the GRS reinforcements.
They also find out that Stevens was found behind the compound, but was pronounced dead at the hospital. Closing titles reveal that all of the surviving members of the Annex security team received contractor medals in a private ceremony and have since retired from the GRS team and live with their families Geist was able to save his arm after several surgeries.
On February 10, , it was announced that Paramount Pictures was in talks with 3 Arts Entertainment to acquire the film rights to the book 13 Hours , written by Mitchell Zuckoff , with Erwin Stoff to produce. Principal photography began on April 27, in Malta and Morocco.
Unusually for a major American film, the film was given only a limited release in Canada during its American wide opening weekend, playing in select theatres in Toronto , Montreal , Vancouver , Edmonton , Calgary and Ottawa. The film expanded to a wide release in Canadian theatres the following weekend, January 22— Paramount specifically marketed the film to conservatives,   in a method similar to previous films Lone Survivor and American Sniper , both of which had beaten box office expectations.
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Likely due to a boost from the U. The site's consensus reads, " 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a comparatively mature and restrained effort from Michael Bay, albeit one that can't quite boast the impact its fact-based story deserves. Soren Andersen, writing for The Seattle Times , gave the film 3 stars out of 4, criticizing the lack of distinctive characters but ultimately summarizing 13 Hours as "engrossing" and "a ground-level depiction of heroism in the midst of the fog of war".
Although he lamented the script, Roeper found the film to be a "solid action thriller with well-choreographed battle sequences and strong work from the ensemble cast".
Michael Bay's Benghazi movie 13 Hours is 'inaccurate', according to CIA officer
In a mixed review, Inkoo Kang of TheWrap praised 13 Hours for its action scenes, but panned Bay's direction as "myopic". She writes, " 13 Hours is the rare Michael Bay movie that wasn't made with teenage boys in mind. But that doesn't make his latest any less callously juvenile. The film caused controversy in Libya. Russell one of the four nominees from the film had his nomination rescinded when it was discovered that he had contacted voters for the award by telephone in violation of campaigning regulations.
The film's historical accuracy has been disputed.
13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi
In the film's most controversial scene, the CIA chief in Benghazi identified only as "Bob" tells the military contractors there, who seek permission to go defend the embassy, to "stand down", thus denying them permission.
The real-life CIA chief stated that there was no stand-down order. Also, National Review commentator David French argues that the Senate committee cited above found plenty of evidence of the "stand down" order in the form of personal testimony from multiple witnesses. It just chose to rule that the contrary testimony outweighed it.
Kris "Tanto" Paronto, a CIA contractor who was involved in action during the event said, "We were told to 'stand down'. Those words were used verbatim— percent. If the truth of it affects someone's political career?
Well, I'm sorry.
It happens. At no time did I ever second-guess that the team would depart. Also disputed is the film's portrayal that air support was denied. A House Armed Services Committee report found that air support was unavailable, or it would have arrived too late to make a difference.
The report indicated the Department of Defense would not provide the requested list of military assets that were available that night.
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Some of the vehicles used in the film are models released after the film's setting of , especially the Mercedes-Benz G-Class model year and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class W model year From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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