Secretary of Robots Michael Bay Responds to Benghazi Attack with '13 Hours' Trailer

July 29, 2015

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Michael Bay's latest piece of tone-deaf jingoism returns to him to Northern Africa, the war-torn region he knows best as where there was a bad-guy robot with testicles. Bay's 13 Hours is an adaptation of the book of the same name, Mitchell Zuckoff's nonfiction about the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi that left several U.S. government employees dead and brought some strong criticism to Hillary Clinton and the rest of the State Department. Under most directors, such a film would probably take the form of an action-thriller akin to Zero Dark Thirty, politically charged and awards-friendly. With Bay at the helm it, predictably, looks like someone assembled Call of Duty commercial from oversaturated, high-contrast stock footage, a Mercedes commercial, and all the military parts of the Transformers franchise where a robot car didn't enter the frame. John Krasinski and James Badge Dale star in the lead roles--though, really, this is more of an ensemble piece. For explosions. Here's the trailer:

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