13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Paramount Pictures

Attention John Krasinski fans! Have we got a movie trailer for you.

We give you 13 Hours, the brand new flick starring everyone's favorite lip synch champion (oh, and actor, too). The thriller comes from none other than Michael Bay, who seemingly decided to take a break from the land of Transformers and Ninja Turtles to focus on some ripped-from-the-headlines political material.

The trailer, which just dropped, is your usual high-packed military action fare. In other words, if you liked Zero Dark Thirty, you'll love 13 Hours! Or something like that. 

But seriously, while the thriller appears to be a standard war movie at first glance, it's actually much more complex—and controversial—than that. Ahead, five things you should know before you hit the theaters in January.

1. John Krasinski doesn't actually say much in the movie. In fact, he doesn't have a single line of dialogue in the trailer. But besides the fact that action movies are typically not-so-wordy, Krasinski fans aren't really coming to listen to him, right?

2. The flick centers around the attack on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012 that resulted in the killing of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. But it gets more specific than that—it tells the story of six contracted American security workers who come to the aid of those who are under attack on the compound.

3. 13 Hours is based on a book of the same name, which was written from the perspective of five of those contractors. It's basically a minute-by-minute account of everything they experienced that night, from traveling on foot to the diplomatic building, attempting to rescue Ambassador Stevens from a burning safe room, to coming under mortar attack by Libyan rebels. In other words, it's heavy stuff.

4. The events surrounding the Benghazi attack are still extremely controversial, and there's a good chance there will be discussion around the movie depiction. In a nutshell, the Obama administration (and Hillary Clinton, who was Secretary of State at the time), have taken a lot of flack not only for the lapse in security at the compound that allegedly allowed the attack to happen in the first place, but for the response to the news—things like a failure to label it as an act of terror, as well as a disturbing amount of concern over how the Ambassador's death was going to play out politically. 

5. Don't look for any conspiracy theories in 13 Hours, though. Despite all of the competing debates about what really happened that night in Benghazi (including the lingering investigation over Clinton's emails that was ignited by the "scandal"), the book and the movie are just a straight-forward telling of the attempted rescue. Michael Bay isn't exactly known for his political outcries, after all. Plus, it would be decidedly harder to enjoy the bulked-up John Krasinksi if the flick becomes a policy lesson.

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