Ride Along 2 and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Midnight Screenings

Team Snob checks out Ice Cuba and Kevin Hart in Ride Along 2, plus the Michael Bay Benghazi film 13 Hours.

Brian and Sarah review the Ice Cube/Kevin Hart sequel Ride Along 2.

Brad and Dave review the new Michael Bay movie, 13 Hours.

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  1. Me when the trailers for 13 hours came out:

    Me: [Watching the trailer] Okay. This looks pretty goo.
    Trailer: A film by Michael Bay
    Me: NOPE! DONE!

  2. MidnightScreeningsman2014

    Too bad 13 hours isn’t as good as I thought it was gonna be but I don’t mind his awkward humor too much but I’ll probably just rent it to stay safe.

    Ride along 2 I have no interest in seeing but I loved the midnight screenings for it and would like to know what this game is where this buff guy who sounds like Harvey Firestine is called?

    • Snorgatch Pandalume

      Awkward and inappropriate humor is a Michael Bay trademark, though. I suspect it’s indicative of his generally juvenile mindset. I remember a scene in Pearl Harbor where one of the sailors on a battleship that’s sinking cries out: “I can’t swim!” Not only is it insulting to the memories of those who died on that day, it’s wildly inappropriate. Bombs are falling, ships are exploding, people are dying, and we’re supposed to laugh because a SAILOR says he can’t swim? In his review of Pearl Harbor, Doug Walker laid into Bay more viciously and passionately than I’ve ever seen him do before or since about that scene, saying, essentially, that when you’re making a movie about a real event in which real people really died and there are survivors still alive and it still hurts to think about it, you have to treat the material with RESPECT!

  3. Eddie Izzard stand up 🙂

  4. I agree about the bash on the treehouse scene. Completely unnecessary, cliched, and took me out of the movie. The McDonald’s scene though, I don’t know, that’s probably going to be a guilty pleasure on the level of baby doll from American Sniper.

    “Smoke inhalation followed by a scene where a guy comments about the Broncos game not being on; a scene with people fearing for their lives followed by a scene of a guy saying, ‘Did you forget your tampons?'”

    Uh, have to break it to you, stuff like that happened exactly like that in that chronological order, at least according to the book adaptation, tampon remark and all. Yeah, I read the novel this was based on. You can bitch about the humor being juvenile all you want, but the soldiers did that juvenile humor, mainly to break the tension (in this case, cutting the tension works here from a film tension point of view, and the real-life tension perspective). And as for the Broncos game comment, that’s a remark about how surreal everything was getting. All this shooting and dying and chaos is going around blocks away, and yet people are still just going about their daily lives watching television and doing normal activities. Just another day in Benghazi for them. Mentioned in the book, included in the movie.

    With that said, a few of your criticisms are valid. The biggest criticism I have of the movie is the portrayal of that interpreter they took with them when they went to the compound. For one thing, he was a lot older in real life. For another, he didn’t act as much of a pansy like he did in this film.

    Regardless, I enjoyed this movie.

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