You can say what you will about Michael Bay and his Transformers franchise, but there is definitely some kind of interest that creeps up on him when he isn’t doing those films. Of course, following the disaster that destroyed many our dreams of seeing something like Transformers on the big screen, Bay was pretty much put on everyone’s list of poo directors. But even I have to admit that his latest film isn’t just in his wheel home, but it looks like it could actually be good.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi stories the true events that happened in Lybia just a handful of years ago, as a small group of soldiers protect innocent Americans against hostile forces coming for blood. I had no idea this was coming when the first trailer was released a number of weeks back, let alone that Michael Bay was directing it. So when his name popped up, I was pleasantly surprised by what I was watching. From the trailers, it feels like Bay is scaling back a bit and getting back to the things that made films like The Rock and Armageddon successful with fans.
But what makes this all the more interesting is this newly released featurette. What’s worried me the most to this point is that this is a true story, and Bay hasn’t been the best at that in the past. But as I watched this new video, i began to feel a sense of hope because of what these real-life heroes were saying. This isn’t a James Cameron situation where he gave his blessing towards Terminator: Genisys (you suck Cameron), these men lived the actual events and the way they’re speaking of not what just happened, but the approach Bay and his crew have taken towards it is real. This is the kind of story that needs time and needs to be taken serious, and it seems like Bay may very well be doing that.
What do you think? Trust me, I never thought I would be looking forward to another Michael Bay film because his latest run just hasn’t been good at all. But the trailers have been good so far and watching a featurette like this does get me looking forward to it. With an event like this one, it had to be hard for those veterans to talk about it like they did. But the bigger impact is seeing what they’re saying about it and how they feel towards a film based on it. It should get you excited to see what 13 Hours is capable of.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi hits theaters January 15th, 2016. Directed by Michael Bay starring John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Toby Stephens, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber, Alexia Barlier, Elektra Anastasi, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, David Costabile, and Demetrius Grosse.