Marketing savvy and a good deed.
The new Michael Bay film “13 Hours” is out now and is by all accounts, an accurate portrayal of the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya.
In a move that is as funny as it is politically savvy, Donald Trump is making sure the voters of Iowa get a chance to see it.
The Des Moines Register reports:
Trump rents Iowa theater to show Benghazi movie
Donald Trump has rented space at an Urbandale movie theater and will give Iowans free tickets to a showing of the Benghazi movie that critics of Hillary Clinton have been eagerly awaiting.
“Mr. Trump would like all Americans to know the truth about what happened at Benghazi,” the GOP presidential candidate’s Iowa co-chair Tana Goertz said Thursday night.
Trump will pay for the showing of “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” at 6 p.m. Friday at the Carmike Cobblestone 9 Theatre at 86th Street and Hickman Road, Goertz said.
“The theater is paid for. The tickets are paid for. You just have to RSVP,” she said.
The movie depicts the terrorist raid on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. It reportedly makes no mention of Clinton, then the U.S. Secretary of State, but has again raised the topic of the Democratic presidential candidate’s role in the tragedy, three months after Republicans grilled her on her response to the attacks during an 11-hour congressional hearing in October.
Here’s the official trailer for the film:
Ace of Spades has written a detailed review, here’s an excerpt:
Movie Review: 13 Hours, A Great Movie and an Enormous, Enormous Problem for Hillary
13 Hours is, doubtless, the best film of Michael Bay’s career. It’s also an objectively good movie.
Let me get to the politics first. The film is not blatantly political. Do not doubt, however, that it does not have an overt political meaning. It’s overt — just not in-your-face.
The film is filled with the heroes wondering “When is someone coming to help us?”
There are shots of planes lying dormant while Americans are being shot to pieces.
There is an exchange where one soldier (actually, ex-soldiers working for the CIA called G.S.R.’s) says to the other, “I just saw on the news, they’re saying this is because of a protest.”
The other says: “I didn’t see any protest.”
And neither does the filmgoer– there is no protest. There is simply a coordinated attack which starts out of nowhere. It’s obvious what this is from the start; there is no “fog of war,” at least not about what started this.
Are you planning to see it?
Featured image via YouTube.