Case Study 2

Research plan for ‘13 hours‘ (2016) case study.


  • Genre
  • Similar productions



  • Comparison of true accounts
  • Current war



  • Governments contribution to the Benghazi attack
  • Governments experience with war




13 hours is a Drama/Thriller that is based on the true story that follows a group of six former soldiers who where hired as security in Benghazi.

A Wikipedia article read “Thrillers are characterized and defined by the moods they elicit, giving viewers heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation and anxiety.”  (Thriller (genre), 2016). This is a correct statement for the film 13 hours as you go through the film with strong connections to the characters knowing that they are playing real men in a story that actually happened. The film is split up into sections of intense action, calm bonding moments between the characters and waiting anxiously for the next conflict. This adds a sense of realism to the film and a level of emotion that wouldn’t have been the same if it was just pure action or a completely different genre to begin with.


A film that follows similar attributes of 13 hours is ‘Lone Survivor’ (2013) it’s about a group of four Navy SEALs who are greatly outnumbered by a small Taliban force and fight along side a friendly local village to defeat them. This is also a true story and the characters played in the film are real people. They both follow the same pattern where there is bonding between all the characters to establish a connection and then there intense action. There was only one survivor of ‘Operation Red wings‘ which is the mission that the film is based on, ‘Marcus Luttrell’. He worked closely with the director ‘Peter Berg’ to get as close to the real story as possible.

In conclusion, there are a lot of films that are categorized as Thrillers which follow the exact same rules. However I think the fact that both examples are telling a true story is the reason they are so similar, as the soldiers who actually experienced the event have to follow a same set of rules under military guidelines which has an effect on story telling. Due to this I believe military thrillers that are based on a true story should have there own genre.



The film 13 hours is a true story and tries to portray exactly what happened. Erwin Stoff the producer of 13 hours said this, “Any time you are doing a real story or a true story, there is that temptation to say, ‘Well, it would be better if this would happen or that would happen.” He goes on to explain that ‘there is not a thing in this movie that is not verifiable by two or more sources.” This adds real power to what is shown on screen, knowing that every part actually occurred and the 6 men had to endure everything they’re shown going through.

The events of 13 hours took place in the year 2012 in Benghazi, Libya. The attacks were carried out by an Islamic terrorist group called Ansar al-Sharia (AAS) there motives are to drive out all US and Western influences from Libya.

Overall, this film was made with the full intention of telling the exact story of what happened that night in Libya. The makers of this film wanted it to be a educational experience as well as a enjoyable one and the even brought the real men in to achieve this.




There is a lot of talk about how there just wasn’t enough security at the US diplomatic compound to protect themselves from the attacking Islamic group, which led to the group of 6 CIA contractors from a nearby compound called The Annex to rush to the rescue. The person getting the blame for the lack of security staff is the former US Secretary of state, ‘Hillary Clinton’. Hillary also took responsibility for the security at the compound, she stated “I’m in charge of the State Department’s 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts,” (Surrey, 2016).

America’s experience with World War 2 was expensive, it cost the government around $340 billion dollars but most of the money was coming from us civilians who purchased war bonds and lending the United States government half of it.
Although the cost was extensive, it also aloud the farms to sell more produce. ‘American farms multiplied their output of wheat, corn and other foods.’ (The United States during WWII: The home front – video & lesson transcript, 2003)

A lot of the politics involved with the Benghazi attack bury the actual events of what happened that night, which was the main reason the men that were actually there wanted to help. They wanted to tell their story exactly how they experienced it without politics blurring the details.

In conclusion politics wasn’t very helpful and was one of the biggest reasons for the lack of security and overall the failure to defend the US Compound.




HistoryvsHollywood (2016) Lone survivor true story vs movie – real Marcus Luttrell, Mike Murphy. Available at: 7 November 2016).

Johnson, T. (2016) How ‘13 hours’ tries to get at the truth of Benghazi. Available at: (Accessed: 8 November 2016).

NCTC (no date) National counterterrorism center. Available at: (Accessed: 8 November 2016).

Surrey, M. (2016) Hillary Clinton’s role in Benghazi: What you need to know. Available at: (Accessed: 8 November 2016).

The United States during WWII: The home front – video & lesson transcript (2003) Available at: (Accessed: 13 November 2016).

Thriller (genre) (2016) in Wikipedia. Available at: (Accessed: 4 November 2016).  


Case Study 2

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