The Transformers and Bad Boys director gets political in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, a harrowing account of the September 11, 2012, attack by Islamic militants on a diplomatic compound in Libya that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
While Hillary is never explicitly mentioned in the film, the shadow of her legacy as Secretary of State is all over it—an unspoken finger-pointing that’s ripe for exploiting by savvy GOP enemies as the 2016 election approaches.
It’s all in the telling. The heroes of13 Hours aren’t the politicians or spies in suits that put us in Libya to begin with, but the highly skilled military contractors—highly paid, highly risk-taking employees of the CIA’s Global Response Staff (GRS)—who happened to be working as secret CIA security detail a mile down the road when the shit hit the fan.
They’re combat veterans, old friends, and family men, trained to deescalate tense standoffs with locals and pick off would-be terrorists with equal ease. In their downtime they pal around reading Joseph Campbell to one another (yes, really) and drop classically macho Bay one-liners, painfully aware of the rising instability in a city where rival militias stock up on grenade launchers on the post-Gaddafi open market and children play in the remains of bombed-out tanks.