(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 and spies rests with private military contractors, all former elite soldiers. 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. The 2½hour running time has few slow spots and brings home the relentlessness of the situation. Benghazi happened on the watch of Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state. But no mention is made of the presidential aspirant. 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 nearly impossible circumstances. If you are looking for an immersive action thriller, this will do the trick.
Gods of Egypt Crossing the Threshold The Sydney Symphony Orchestra presents new contemporary works by Australian and international composers, including Lisa Illean, the SSO’s first artist-inresidence Brett Dean (pictured) and Gerard Grisey.