Action ace Michael Bay (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, the Transformers franchise) adapts a book by journalist Mitchell Zuckoff and the handful of security contractors who tried to protect the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, during the September 2012 attacks. There's a concerted effort to depoliticize the story—neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton is mentioned—but the movie will find a warm welcome in the red states with its simpleminded tale of brave men doing the right thing while the government falters. David Costabile is excellent in the thankless role of the CIA chief in Benghazi, a haughty university type whose contempt for the soldiers ("Quiet! You act like animals!" he barks as they horse around outside his window) sets him up for a massive comeuppance; by the final scene he's ready to crawl into the soldiers' laps ("I'm proud to know Americans like you"). With John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, and Pablo Schreiber.