Week 5: Movie or Television

Week 5: Movie or Television – Blog 5

The Real Truth

by Philong Nguyen

Of all the movies between 2015-2016, the one that appealed to me was 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of BenghaziThis movie showed us first hand accounts to what happened in Libya on the evening of September 11th, 2012. American contractors whom were hired to protect American assets in the area were held back and not allowed to be a quick response force and cost the lives of 4 Americans. All could have been prevented if the contractors were allowed to respond to the extremist forces at the ambassadors compound a mile away.

I just felt a connection to these contractors having a problem in front of them and not being able to act on that problem resulting in casualties or failure. These contractors are still American soldiers in a sense protecting government property, and have served in the military before becoming contractors. Being very supportive of the military, veteran’s and their experiences, I will respect the choices that the contractors made that day, as they saw the situation with their own eyes and acted accordingly. This was a great experience watching in the theaters by myself, as I got to pay attention and understand the whole thing.

While my favorite movie of all time has to be Saving Private Ryan. The movie showing the excruciating detail of what happened during World War II. It brought upon the feelings of the soldiers in the eastern front and what they experienced.


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