13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi ★★★½

The battle of Benghazi on September 11-12, 2012 became a political football in the 2016 election. However, this film is a depiction of the real event, a sort of gung-ho recreation of an Alamo like siege, as fought by CIA security soldiers against an unknown enemy, with a less tragic outcome. As directed by action oriented Michael Bay, it is a surprisingly non-political, pure war film with high production values. Credit to the actors (particularly John Krasinski and James Badge Dale, as conflicted, battle tested heroes.) But also credit to the director, who captured flawlessly the realistic ebb and flow of the 13 hour battle.