(MA15+) Michael Bay’s 13 Hours, based on the book by Mitchell Zuckoff, tells the story of a concerted extremist attack on two US facilities in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. It is a year after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi and the Libyan city is one of the most dangerous places on earth. The job of protecting the US diplomats rests with private military contractors. It’s worth singling out John Krasinski as Jack Da Silva. He has come a long way from Jim Halpert in the American version of The Office and he has been building to an impressive role such as this for a while. Bay’s interest is less political and more personal. He tells the story of six men, all of whom have families, doing a bloody job in near-impossible circumstances. If you are looking for an immersive action thriller, this will do the trick.
Son of Saul (Saul fia) (M) One of the most confronting films made, Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes’s Cannes prizewinner is set in Auschwitz in 1944 and is seen through the eyes of a sonderkommando, a prisoner used by the Nazi guards to carry out tasks they themselves avoid. Although the film suggests rather than actually depicts the horrors, it’s difficult to sit through at times, even though it’s undeniably well made and in many ways a courageous attempt to reexplore the legacy of the Holocaust.
Countermove It’s not often Sydney Dance Company looks this wild and tough. As Rafael Bonachela’s Lux Tenebris starts the dancers prowl around like feral cats, get into lightning-fast tussles with others and then do a runner. The title may translate as Light in Darkness but operates almost entirely in the shadows. The atmosphere is edgy and mysterious, created in no small part by the commissioned electronic score from Nick Wales that evokes the vastness of the universe as it buzzes, hums, clanks and drones. These dancers always look sharp but here sleekness gives way to ferociously strong and muscular attack. They need it for this hugely demanding work. The evening opens with the return of Alexander