Holly on Hollywood-13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Holly on Hollywood

by Holly McClure

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi “


13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi recounts the tragic attack on Sept. 11, 2012, by local Islamic militants on the U.S. State Department’s Libyan compound, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. More than 100 rebel fighters then regrouped and attacked a covert CIA compound, both valiantly defended by a six-man team of former military, hired to provide security and protection. In all, four lives were lost. John Krasinski, Max Martini, James Badge Dale also star.

Director Michael Bay delivers an intense, realistic depiction of the horrific events of that night with combat and war-time violence, bloody images and language that give it an R rating. The story is told from the soldiers perspective and includes the controversial “stand down” order that prevented the team from initially aiding the Ambassador in a timely manner and numerous requests for air support that were never acknowledged. There are brief references about the Ambassador being taken to a hospital, a rumor that a protest sparked the attack and a remark about a supposed video, but the timeline clearly shows what really happened. There is no doubt the attack was premeditated but Bay stays away from making political accusations by never mentioning who was truly responsible in Washington.  

This is a powerful story of courage, sacrifice and heroism that needed to be told and one that every adult should see. I was gripped with heartbreak, compassion and American patriotism, after seeing this movie – well done Michael Bay!


“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”

~Holly On Hollywood~

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Holly_McClureHolly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.

Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, and other affiliates.

In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.

Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!

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