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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei

(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.

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