And in a movie about Benghazi, an ounce of truth is an accomplishment. I walked out into a post-SOTU America struck by13 Hours' stringent action and how it crosses the objective line; after the skirmish ends, Libyan mothers and sons weeping over the dead bodies of their own soldiers, one of the good guys declares, "This country has to figure its shit out." Is it a joke played for belly laughs or the exhale of a tired warrior? Doesn't matter -- the line, like too many, flops.
13 Hours is a ripe action movie and a messy portrait of American fighters. You, wherever you stand, may not see it that way. And if you're my crazy uncle, you definitely won't see it that way.
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Matt Patches is Thrillist’s Entertainment editor. He previously wrote for Grantland, Esquire.com, Vulture, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Guardian. His favorite movie is Groundhog Day. Find him on Twitter: @misterpatches.