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The trailer for Michael Bay’s Benghazi movie shows his usual tact, restraint

In 2012, the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, was assaulted by a group of armed attackers. The incident ended in the deaths of four American citizens, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, and became a flashpoint in American politics, with numerous accusations of lax security or potential cover-ups being lobbed at the Obama White House and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


As a matter of course, the attack also featured some explosions, which appears to have been what drew director and producer Michael Bay to the Benghazi story. Dialing in on the most important aspects of the attack, Bay has released the trailer for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi, his upcoming film about the team of take-charge badasses who put a stop to the assault, no matter what the bureaucrats and bean-counters had to say about it.

As previously reported, the trailer stars John Krasinski, employing the power of Beard Gravitas to make the image of Jim Halpert pointing a gun at someone look a little less ridiculous. Krasinski is surrounded by a bunch of tough dudes and exploding stuff, and very little in the way of political subtext, working with a team of steely-eyed hero men to kill all the bad guys and growl their way to victory. Bay will presumably let all the other Benghazi movies handle that more complicated, boring material, letting his movie—which opens on January 15, 2016—focus on the fun, exciting parts of the lethal terrorist attacks.

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