In the movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, the filmmaker won an Oscar for his efforts. It's a great movie, and in particular was well deserved. The film portrays the horrors of Benghazi in detail; it will be something that is helpful to many people in the future as they witness the devastation in real life.
The movie will be entertaining, but not all the characters are fully fleshed out. Some are, but there is still some place for more mystery on what exactly transpired. However, it does provide enough to be interesting.
There were other aspects of the story that did not work in the movie, though. For instance, there was a point when it seemed like the protesters who got killed were targeted by the men who were sent in to the compound to help fight off the attackers. However, this information was left out.
When the movie first aired, there was concern that it would lose some of its credibility with the audience, and that it might appear to be too politically correct. The filmmaker, Steve McQueen, told me that he felt that some of the backlash was coming from people who didn't have any grasp of how these things really happened, and were ready to believe the government and their news sources. Still, it was a challenge to present his point of view effectively.
During the course of filming, there were some discrepancies between what was reported by the family members of the deceased and what was said during the broadcast. The film handled the issue in a reasonably satisfying way, but it still didn't do justice to the situation. Nevertheless, McQueen defended the film, and noted that his film did touch on the subject in a less than dignified way.
On the Internet, there is some debate as to whether or not the film has done enough to establish itself with the online audience. It isn't that the film didn't achieve its goal; it did. The problem is that it doesn't accomplish its goal in a way that will make its effects felt to a lot of people.
This might have been easily avoided if there had been some amount of publicity and exposure given to the film from the very beginning. With the kind of budget that it had to work with, the production really needs to produce a strong product that will set it apart from any other releases. This is not something that you can achieve simply by the presence of a talented director.
It will be interesting to see how this film performs financially, especially as compared to other movies that came out last year. That will help determine how well the online audience accepts the film, and whether or not it becomes a significant part of pop culture. The movie will likely be a solid choice for a movie night, but its impact could be limited if it is unable to gain enough attention among the online audience.