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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi [2016] [R] - 2.8.10

 
 

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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A depiction of the events that took place during the September 11th 2012 attack by Libyan militants on the Benghazi US diplomatic outpost: the US Ambassador to Libya, a US diplomat and two CIA contractors were killed. With John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, Max Martini, Sona Jillani and Matt Letscher. Directed by Michael Bay. [2:24]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - We see a man working out and wearing shorts (his bare chest, abdomen and legs are shown). Several shirtless men are shown working out and their bare chests, abdomens and backs are seen. A man makes a gesture with his hands that represent women with large breasts. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage.
 We see a video of two rabbits mating and the male flops over, presumably afterward, and men tease another man for being the same way. A man shows another man his sleeping quarters and says that the sheet hanging between the beds is to "Prevent you from spooning with me."

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - During several extended gun battles we see many people being gunned down with blood spurting from wounds; one man is cut in half by gunfire and we see his body separate as blood sprays, other men are shot in the head from a distance and blood spurts with each shot. An extended gun battle shows many men being struck by gunfire and blood splatters and sprays; one man is struck in the helmet (he is OK), another man is struck in the bulletproof vest and falls back but is OK. Men in a bus carrying a large explosive are blown up. A man is shot through the chest while standing in the street (we see blood spurt). We see a man's dead body on a roadway with blood on his neck and chest. We hear an explosion and then see a man with bloody arm stumps and his fingers dangling from his hand (he apparently blew himself up and he's still alive).
 Mortars are deployed during one battle and we see several men struck by shrapnel and debris; one man is under debris and when uncovered we see a huge leg wound with exposed bone and spurting blood; another man's arm is nearly shot off and we see the lower arm dangling at the elbow several times with blood pouring from it and we see two men lying dead with blood-smeared faces.
 A diplomatic outpost is attacked with explosives being thrown and launched into the buildings; many men with guns pour into the buildings and open fire on the people inside; diesel fuel is poured into a room and set on fire causing thick smoke to fill the area and the men in the room choke and cough as flames fill the interior of the building; several men are shown shooting an American flag repeatedly and we hear a man's voice over a radio saying, "We are overrun."
 Several men in a car go the wrong way and end up surrounded by heavily armed men; the car is fired upon as they try to speed away and fire is launched at the car as they are chased by another vehicle, the car runs into armed men in the streets and runs one man over (we see his body fold as the tire runs him over); they eventually get to a safe place and we see the car riddled with bullet holes and burning tires. We see a man being dragged out of a hiding place and his head and chest are stained with blood as a man holds a gun toward him and we hear a shot (we do not see him struck). We see many dead bodies after gun battles with blood stains on the ground and the body. Two men search a burning building for men inside; one man is pulled out of the building dead and another gets out covered with soot; we hear that another man is still inside. A wounded man is taken to a medical room where his clothes are cut off and we see him fully covered with blood. A dead body is shown covered with a sheet and when it is lifted we see the soot stained face of a dead man. A dead man is zipped into a body bag (we see blood on his face).
 A gun mounted in a truck is shot and the truck explodes. A man shoots an RPG and stumbles nearly falling over. Many armed men open fire on police cars that speed away. Many armed men chant and yell in a street. Several armed men get off a large truck filled with weapons and yell at other men who pay them for the guns; the yelling men wave their guns and eventually take the money and leave. We see the nozzle of a gun poke through a window and it is pointed toward a man in a CIA annex. A man runs through a crowded marketplace, he is almost struck by a car, climbs into his own vehicle, speeds away with other people in the car and is chased by a van that eventually crashes into a tractor.
 A car is trapped in an alleyway and surrounded by men holding guns; they argue with the two men in the car who hold guns on the gunmen and the car is eventually allowed to pass. Men watching a crowded marketplace find an area where weapons are being sold.
 A car crashes into another car on a narrow roadway. Several cars speed through streets to transport a man to a meeting. We see a Libyan airport where the walls are riddled with bullet holes and a bombed out airplane sits on the tarmac. Children climb on a bombed out tank on the side of the road. We see footage of attacks in Libya and the overthrow of dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
 A crowd of reporters press toward a diplomat and ask questions. Children peek into a CIA compound and set off fireworks overhead. A woman spills a tray filled with glasses and drinks and a man in the room reaches for his gun. A woman stumbles down a ladder and falls hard on the ground (she is OK).
 A man argues with another man repeatedly throughout the movie. A woman yells at men who made her leave a meeting because she was in danger. A man reads a memo about an imminent attack. We hear about areas of the world where the threat level is critical and where diplomats are in danger. We hear about a secret CIA annex in Libya where a weapons stockpile is monitored to avoid it being sold on the black market. References are made to a slaughterhouse and zombieland. A man says, "I'm gonna come back and cut all their throats." We hear that a man died of smoke inhalation.
 The driver of a vehicle that is attacked steps out of the car and vomits (we see goo). Two men come out of a burning building coughing and one man blows goo out of his nose. A man spits goo out of his mouth after inhaling a lot of smoke in a burning building. A man has a tattoo on his side that depicts a hole torn in his flesh with the stripes of the American flag showing under the skin.

PROFANITY 10 - About 65 F-words and its derivatives, 3 sexual references in song lyrics, 2 obscene hand gestures, 21 scatological terms, 15 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, name-calling (retard), exclamations (shut-up), 5 religious profanities (GD), 10 religious exclamations (I Thank God, Jesus Christ, Fear of God, God, Oh My God, Oh Lord, Jesus). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Two men hold beer bottles (we do not see them drink), a man drinks a beer, and a man says something about his daughter drinking and appears upset, and a man says that the could use a drink. A man holds a large cigar in his fingers, and men are shown seated around a hookah pipe (we do not see them smoking and we don't know what is in it).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Libya, US diplomats, turf wars, revolution, radical factions, CIA, militias, guilt, 9/11, the destabilization of Syria.

MESSAGE - Sometimes it's hard to tell who is the bad guy and who is the good guy. Bureaucrats don't always appreciate danger or understand security needs.

Special Keywords: S2 - V8 - P10 - MPAAR

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