Director Michael Bay insists his new action film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, about the controversial 2012 firefight that left U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three others dead, isn’t meant to be political. But anyone looking at the subject matter and the release date — in the midst of a presidential race, in which the GOP will likely try to hang the events of Benghazi around Hillary Clinton’s neck — might disagree. More important, despite often claiming that his films have nothing to do with his personal views, Bay’s ouevre isn’t exactly apolitical, it’s just all over the place. Here’s an assessment of where his movies fall ideologically.
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*This article appears in the January 11, 2016 issue of New York Magazine.