action movie freak    














     Action Movie is . . .

Aliens starring Bill Paxton as Private Hudson in Game Over moment after landing craft crashes

"Game over, man. Game over!"

Are you a FREAK
or just a

Action Movie Fans can watch
other genres in comfort.
Action Movie FREAKS will start shifting in their seats 10 minutes into a movie where nothing has crashed or been blown up yet . . .

Action Movie Fans
can quote
a few one-liners from a few
 popular action movies.
"I'll be back!" 
"Make My Day!"

Action Movie FREAKS try to work
their favorite quotes into
conversation all the time! 
"God has his tricks, but getting
[paper jams out of copiers],
that's one of mine.*"

Action Movie Fans
have watched their favorite action movies
a handful of times.
Action Movie FREAKS can recite
the entire opening scene
word-for-word from at least 2 movies they're obsessed with!

"The Hovitos are near, the poison is still fresh—3 days, they're following us . . . "

"They are an army, unlike any other, crusading across the stars toward . . . "

And if you can easily finish
this entire quote: 
"I know what you're thinking,
did he fire 6 shots,
or only 5 . . . "

.44 magnum 

just admit it now,
you're an Action Movie
(That quote should be required memorization if you're going
to call yourself an

Action Movie FREAK

Action Movie Fans can stomach
most movie violence.
Action Movie FREAKS will clap when the action reaches its gross-out best! Remember the incredible opening of Ninja Assassin . . . 
What's that? You didn't see
"Ninja Assassin"?
Then you're an
Action Movie Fan.
Let's start again.

Remember the incredible opening of Ninja Assassin, which ended when the blood splatter becomes the title 
 Ninja Assassin blood splatter title
you knew it was coming, but you clapped anyway! (Yes, true Action Movie FREAKS clap when the violence is really good like horror movie fans laugh when it gets really gross)  If, right about now, you're shaking your head or laughing,
you're an Action Movie Fan.
If you're all fired up . . . 
"Welcome to the Jungle!"

You're an
Action Movie FREAK!

"God has his tricks, but gettin' outta places no one else can, that's one of mine."


Dwayne Johnson as Hercules

Aliens one of the greatest ever Action Movies

michael jai white action movie actor and director

Dina Meyer as Dizzy Flores from Starship Troopers bad ass action movie chick

The Terminator one of the greatest ever Action Movies

Doomsday warrior girl bad ass action movie chick

Chris Hemsworth as Thor comic book action movie

Action Movie Bad Ass Chick Jennette Goldstein as Vasquez in Aliens

Terminator Salvation Action Movie Sequel

bad ass action movie chick Kate Nauta in Transporter 2

Rambo one of the greatest ever Action Movies

Andrea James Lui bad ass action movie chick in close space fight in Bail Enforcers

Robocop Action Movie Classic

Milla Jovovich as Alice in Resident Evil Apocalypse bad ass action movie chick

Dolph Lundgren Universal Soldier Action Movie Classic

Olga Kurylenko as Etain from Centurion bad ass action movie chick

Die Hard one of the greatest ever Action Movies

Bad Ass Action Movie character Sarah Connor

Mission:Impossible III starring Tom Cruise

Michelle Yeoh action movie actress from Tomorrow Never Dies

arnold in predator

chocolate kick to the head

Steven Seagal holding a machette in Above the Law

Gina Carano in Haywire

Scott Adkins as Boyka

Ronda Rousey in The Expendables 3


. . . everything you love about ACTION MOVIES

The Essentials that make a great Action Movie.
The gotta-have-it Trash Talking of the Action Movie BAD ASS.
The Good and the Bad Action Movies by your favorite Action Figures.
Looking for something specific? It's on the Hit List, and . . . 



Wonder Woman: Bad Choice not Bad Ass
May 26, 2016

payback action movie magazine celebrating the emergence of women in action moviesI got discouraged when Wonder Woman (2017) lost its first female director. I was so excited, I had even started an issue of PAYBACK featuring Michelle MacLaren on the cover.

After she was let go, I thought they would let a man do it after all, but then in April 2015, the project gained Patty Jenkins as Director—here VARIETY compares the two—and I was relieved.  Not only should this most iconic female Superhero movie be directed by a woman, but it really should also have been written by a woman. Reading writer Jason Fuchs' bio on IMDb reveals nothing that makes him specially qualified to script this most important milestone in women's Action Movies. He's really more all about acting. So, why wasn't the opportunity given to a woman? 

There can be NO good reason the job of writing the script didn't go to a woman.  Makes me wonder if there weren't already scripts out there. [Yes, I am aware Wonder Woman was created by a man (William Moulton Marston), but it was his wife's idea (Elizabeth Holloway Marston), and she is credited with being the "mother" of Wonder Woman. 

Anyhow, when they cast the way-too-skinny Gal Gadot, I hoped somehow she would be unable to fulfill the role. When that didn't happen, I hoped she would be replaced for the feature. I've already spoken out against her in the role in " Wonder Woman is a twig!" And I am even more unhappy after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  She looked so weak (really skinny legs), and when she fell down there was a crotch shot. A CROTCH SHOT. REALLY?!?!  "Oh come on!" Have a little respect. 




Gal Gadot is just not believable. Look how the men look and then look at her:

massive batman skinny wonder woman massive superman

Now look at Wonder Woman in these comic versions:

strong wonder woman from comics

strong wonder woman from comics

And here is Gal Gadot (below) in a teaser photo.  She doesn't even have any thigh muscles. These women look scrawny: all of them!  These are not SUPERHEROES—WTH?! From the left, Lisa Loven Kongsli is "Melannippe", Connie Nielsen is "Queen Hippolyta" (WW's mother), and Robin Wright is General Antiope (at least her thighs look slightly bigger), but look at their scrawny arms too. 

WHY?!?!   . . . On the bright side, it will be easy to tell when the stunt doubles (real life wonder women) take over.

I hate this image so much. HOW MANY YEARS I WAITED, hoping to FINALLY see Wonder Woman on the big screen and have her make huge strides for physically strong female body types, only to get more of this male-fantasy cop out.  What message does this send young girls?  What a wasted chance to send a so much better body image message.

skinny women from Wonder Woman 2017 movie

William Marston himself wrote: "Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don't want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women's strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman."

And therein lies the crux of the problem.  The allure of a beautiful woman. In my opinion, Hollywood thinks men don't want to see a 'big girl'. They don't realize WOMEN doStrength is alluring. Maybe not so much to men, but this is not FOR men. It really should be BY WOMEN, and FOR WOMEN.  I want to see that movie.  With Gina Carano or someone equally strong. Arms this big (shotputter) and legs at least this big (don't tell me strong is not sexy):

strong shotputter female

girl with strong legs

At least I am not alone. Forums discuss "Recast Wonder Woman" and "Wonder Woman: How Muscular Should She Be?" and they are also not happy with a skinny superhero.

Let me tell you, if she was even just a little beast-ish, a little Vasquez from Aliens, the audience cheering would be incredible. Nobody NOBODY cheered when Wonder Woman appeared in BvS.  It should not be like that. She should have had a Big Dog Entrance, and our first image of her in costume should not have been a black and white photo. She was no big deal. It came off as them letting her be in their movie. Don't even start me on the ridiculous outfits she wore when she was Diana Prince. The 'business' suit was absurd.

This movie will fail financially is my prediction. Woman don't want another supermodel image, they want a superhero. A lot of money will be spent, and that's great—To give a woman director the reigns of a big budget Action Movie, but I have a feeling there will be too much Drama and not enough being a Bad Ass.  (sigh)

Maybe She Hulk will have to do the job . . .  Imagine a whole movie with all super strong women!  It will happen.

she hulk super stron women

Captain America: The First Avenger screencap

The Ultimate Captain America Marathon 5/5
May 4, 2016

Couldn't miss the chance to see all these great movies again. Starts at 7:00 AM tomorrow: 14 action-packed hours.


  • Captain America: The First Avenger  (22 July 2011)

  • The Avengers  (4 May 2012)

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier  (4 April 2014)

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron  (1 May 2015)

  • Captain America: Civil War  (6 May 2016)


















Hardcore Henry raises the bar on filmmaking
April 9, 2016

You'll say "Oh my God, I can't believe they did that!" at least twice . . . and wonder "How did they do that?" even more. Here's a great article (from The NY Times) about the craziness of filming "Hardcore Henry".

Hardcore Henry headgear

Hardcore Henry headgear

Hardcore Henry headgear

So many gnarly kills! The movie's a tour de force, literally, and a little hard to keep up with, everything moves so fast at times.  It was definitely amazingly creative. I found myself wishing they had invested us in the character's dilemma, and we had no idea about the villain and/or savior until the end. I wish we could have rooted for Henry's revenge. The almost continuous action was incredible but I found the plot confusing. At the end it seemed like Henry was Jimmy because when he passed out his reflection looked like Sharlto Copley, so Henry = just another version of Jimmy? It's not even mentioned in this voluminous plot description from Wikipedia. Just try to follow this if you didn't watch it:

Henry recalls being bullied as a child [ I really wasn't getting that with the flashback ] before waking up in a tank of water inside a laboratory on an airship missing his left arm and left leg. A scientist, Estelle (Haley Bennett), replaces his missing limbs with cybernetic ones and reminds Henry that she is his wife and that he has amnesia after waking up from a horrible accident. Just as Henry begins to get his bearings, a group of mercenaries led by the telekinetic Akan (Danila Kozlovsky) arrive and kill the other scientists. Henry and Estelle flee the ship in an escape pod, but they are ambushed on the ground by Akan's mercenaries and Estelle is abducted.

Henry is rescued from the mercenaries by Jimmy (Sharlto Copley), who informs him that his robotic parts are running out of power and that he will die if he cannot recharge. [ Yes, you will think of Crank. ] Jimmy is almost immediately killed by the mercenaries, but Henry meets another version of Jimmy [ The many versions was the coolest thing about the movie to me ]—disguised as a drunken, odorous hobo—on a bus. Bum Jimmy informs him that one of Akan's associates named Slick Dimitry has a charging pump implanted in his heart, which Henry can use to recharge. Bum Jimmy is killed by a flamethrower [ that was wild ] before Henry flees and sneaks into Dimitry's apartment. Henry chases Dimitry throughout the city before incapacitating him; Dimitry is killed by a sniper. Henry removes the pump and receives a call from Jimmy, who directs Henry to his current location—a brothel.

Henry heads to the brothel and meets two more versions of Jimmy—a debauched lothario addicted to cocaine, and an awkward, painfully shy, and over-apologetic geek in a vest. The two versions of Jimmy replace the pump, but the brothel is attacked by Akan's forces. Henry manages to fight through the mercenaries, but encounters Akan, who taunts Henry by saying his wife is being hauled away in an armored convoy, and hurls him out of the brothel.

[ So much boob-age! Some of the nicest boobs since Elena Eleniak in Under Siege. If I was a boy I would probably have loved it, as a girl I really didn't give a damn, and it didn't bother me.) I found this version of Jimmy hilarious! ]

Outside, Henry encounters Jimmy once more—this time, a marijuana-using hippie with a chopper, who gives him a ride in his motorcycle sidecar and brings him to Akan's convoy. Henry finds Estelle in the truck leading the convoy; before he can rescue her, Akan arrives and prepares to strike Estelle with a baseball bat. Henry steps in, "volunteering" to take her place, and is struck unconscious.

[ The clip is here of the convoy chase. ]

Jimmy revives Henry in the woods, before being killed by a tank shell. [ So unexpected. It was like they kept asking "What's the last thing you'd expect to see? Let's put that in." ] Henry kills the crew manning the tank, as well as most of the men in an attacking helicopter, before falling off the helicopter and landing in a tree. [ This is an OMG moment! ] He follows another of Jimmy's signals to an abandoned hotel, where he finds the original Jimmy upstairs. Jimmy reveals that Akan created Henry's cyborg abilities, and that he worked on the first stages of Akan's cyborg-soldier project, which turned out to be a failed batch of lobotomized super-soldiers unable to do anything but mindlessly swing at the air.
[ It's pretty funny ] Akan "rewarded" him by snapping his spine—he is now a quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair. He reveals the other Jimmys are dormant clones of himself his mind can inhabit, which he created to regain mobility and indulge in vices; he demonstrates this by performing a song and dance number with all of his clones. All the copies of Jimmy attack Henry after Jimmy realizes that Henry has unknowingly been broadcasting his video feed to Akan. Henry disables all his clones—the original Jimmy begs to be killed, fearing everything is lost, but is convinced to bring the fight to Akan. Henry and Jimmy—now a stereotypical WW2 officer—fight their way out of the complex [which, by the way was easily recognizable as where they filmed the final fight in The Expendables 3 ], killing the mercenaries' leader by dropping the laboratory on him via plastic explosives.



Jimmy and Henry drive to Akan's headquarters, a massive skyscraper. They fight their way into an elevator, but Jimmy is mortally wounded. Before dying, Jimmy thanks Henry for being the closest thing he ever had to a friend. Henry fights his way to Akan's office, where he is greeted by a video of Akan revealing that an army of cyborg Super Soldiers are being fed Henry's memories and will all remember waking up like he did in the laboratory—with a wife, being attacked, and manipulated into doing anything to "get" her back - such as committing terrorist attacks for Akan, who plots to take over the world with this new army. The first soldier to wake up attacks Henry, but Henry kills him and replaces his battery with the soldier's. The rest of the army awaken and chase Henry up to the roof of the building.

On the roof, Henry battles and kills the entire army [ very Matrix Reloaded ]. He then attacks Akan, who knocks Henry out again with his telekinetic abilities. When he wakes up, Akan reveals that Estelle was his wife all along, and she had been lying to Henry the entire time—she and Akan had been planning to lure Henry to Akan's headquarters so he could be replicated and mass produced. Henry blacks out after a barrage of attacks, but is energized by a memory of his father (Tim Roth), who encouraged him to fight back against a gang of childhood bullies. Henry fights Akan and decapitates him with his cybernetic eyestalk. He jumps up onto a helicopter in which Estelle is trying to escape. An enraged Estelle asks Henry how "could he do this"—Henry simply responds by writing "EZ" in his own blood. [ Slammer! ] She fires at Henry, but the bullet ricochets off his hand and wounds her; she stumbles out of the helicopter and is left hanging by her fingertips. Estelle pleads with Henry to save her, but Henry slams the door on her fingers, sending her falling to her death. [ Consider that a divorce! ]

As the credits roll, a message from Jimmy is heard, asking Henry to do "one last thing" . . .

In the end, I found it gimmicky but only because the plot was thin and they Action was so outta hand. I would love to watch it a couple more times in the theater. It's a big-screen movie to be sure!


Star Wars: Rogue One Trailer
April 7, 2016

Last night I watched Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and this morning, half awake, I posted Star Wars: Rogue Nation (embarrassing! LOL).  Fixed now, and WOW the trailer looks so cool! Thanks to JoBlo Movie Trailers for posting it so early.





Star Wars: Rogue One teaser for trailer to premier on Good Morning America TODAY!
April 7, 2016

I know, right? So excited we can hardly stand it! I am wearing a "Star Wars Trilogy special edition" button I begged off an usher out of sheer joy after seeing this teaser. Can't wait for the trailer, and yes, I'm going to watch. #icanthelpit. We all want to be back in that world so badly. Going to keep checking YouTube when I can and will be so thrilled to post the trailer tonight.





Captain America Movie Marathon
Thursday, May 5th, 7:00 AM
April 1, 2016

Ask for the day off because you'll need to be at the theatre starting at 7:00 AM.
ALL of these are great movies: 

  • Captain America: The First Avenger

  • The Avengers

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

and you'll get to be one of the first to see the new . . .

  • Captain America: Civil War in 3D!

Click here for tickets

Batman v Superman: Yawn of Justice
March 26, 2016

It could have been so much shorter!  I'm a big DC fan, a Superman over Batman fan, a woman who has been waiting since Linda Carter on TV to see Wonder Woman on the big screen, and a huge childhood fan of Aquaman (comics and the animated TV show), and I was bored. Plus (without mentioning any spoilers) it was a downer. Action Movies should not be a downer, they should pump you up!

Even the big fight (much-anticipated main event) between Batman and Superman disappointed because Batman turned out to be a momma's boy, and Superman turned out to be a big baby. After you see it, you'll know what I mean.  Just substitute the words "my Mommy" for "Martha" when they have their little confrontation and it's ridiculous. Overall, just way too much dialogue/exposition, and too little Action.  I'm not a huge fan of Superhero Movies anyway, I prefer real-life Action Figures. That said, when the Captain America Movie Marathon—above—it sure helped me to see how much better I like those movies. "Save the drama for your mama" sure fits here! That's sad.

Momma's Boys Superman and Batman talk about their Mommys

Even though I'm a woman, we female Action Movie freaks often relate to the male heroes (not to the weak supporting female characters/victims as Hollywood seems to think we do), but even with two strong characters like Batman and Superman, I couldn't help but notice there was just too much crying, too much emotion. So, at the start, when Lois Lane says "I'm not a lady, I'm a journalist" I thought Hooray! but then she wore really high heels (while trying to run here and there), and they had her naked in the tub (WHY!?). Even worse, the "Superheroes" whined and blubbered.  There's no crying in Action Movies, and there shouldn't be any high heels!

Crushingly, the audience's big first-time sighting of Wonder Woman is in a black-and-white photograph. If not for the fact that we'd already seen her costume in real life (they should not have given it away), this would have been our first sighting of her.  A bit anti-climactic (WTF)! Then there were the first three outfits Diana Price wore: all plunging necklines that made wearing a traditional bra impossible. Even her business suit is split to the waist (more WTF). And I couldn't hate the new Wonder Woman costume more if it was a burlap sack. The new costume looks hard and bumpy like some odd tortoise shell strapped on front. This is nothing practical to fight in (never has been, but it could have been improved on). For all her 'mighty' fighting, when she gets knocked down, we get an extended crotch shot. OH COME ON!  Plus it's like dark brown or burgundy, there is no color. These are Wonder Woman colors (below). I had hoped—a long time ago since we'd seen the new costume way in advance—that they would keep the color and cover her up some in the interest of practicality, and to make her less of a male fantasy and more of a warrior. Yet, in spite of all that, it was still cool to see her in the photograph. The costume wasn't as un-Wonder-Woman-ish because the photo was not in color, but it didn't thrill when Wonder Woman finally appeares in person. If you're not going to do the colors, at least keep the gold. Who makes these decisions? Can't be a woman. This is not Xena . . .

Lynda Carter in colorful Wonder Woman costume and cape

Wonder Woman costume looks like Xena

And while it's great that Wonder Woman shows up to fight with the 'big boys', she's a woman but she's not a Bad Ass. Gal Gadot is not big enough for the role. We've had the supermodel thin version already. We are ready for, overdue for, wishing for, the truly physically strong female. Her skinny legs are so disappointing. Even Amy Adams' Lois Lane looks stronger.

I just couldn't get past Ben Affleck being cast as Batman. It should have been Scott Adkins, and least he would have brought some of that Batman mystique to the role, not to mention real fighting skills. In the one dream sequence the fighting was so slow and awkward I was thinking, PLEASE let this be a slo-motion nightmare thing and not just awful Action.  Speaking of awkward, that robotic-looking, clunky, Frankenstein's shoes, suit of armor Batman wore at the end was really goofy looking. By the time the villain says "We have to destroy him" and you realize where the movie is going/what it's about, it's practically over. There were too many plot holes:  What was the point/payoff of the special bullets? Where did the bigger piece of kryptonite go? What kind of secure, high-performance-computing facility would you be able to walk into, no lock, no guard, and find a wire with a plug that you can just attach something small to and download an entire room full of supercomputers worth in just 7 minutes?  At first I thought the monster was trapped on the island, so when Batman says he's going to lure it to the kryptonite spear, I was thinking "How stupid, bring the spear to the monster," but then we find out the monster can get off the island.  Why have Holly Hunter's character make a point that she can wrestle a pig (another WTF moment)? So much of Batman's whining at the beginning. Waaaah, I have everything in life but I want to be number one so I have to kill 'the alien' (you know, the one fighting crime while I mope). Bruce Wayne/Batman's arrogance is so dull. He's completely unsympathetic. It's Ben-Affleck-as-Batman, and they are both so poor-spoiled-rich-guy douche-y.

We DC fans waited so long for this Justice League preview movie, and yet, if the next movie is going to get the Dark Knight treatment, it will be very disappointing. There should be color. I'm not asking for Dick Tracy but the source material is comic books! There really should be more color.  Otherwise all the costumes look the same.  In the dark, fighting, you really didn't notice ANY color in Wonder Woman's outfit. Compare the movie screenshot to the Photoshopped Wonder Woman costume below it (which I found online, by the way, so at least one other person wanted more color).

colorful Justice League costumes

Wonder Woman Dawn of Justice costume too dark

Wonder Woman Dawn of Justice costume with color added

The film has nice message about loving your mommy, and blah blah blah.  A few of us die-hard DC fans sat and waited until after all the credits, hoping for a teaser for the next film, and got nothing. As we ambled out amid disappointed mumbling, someone piped up "This isn't Marvel."  That sums it up.  Dark days ahead.


Kick Ass Women: Support the Artemis Film Festival  Year 2 IndieGoGo Project
March 24, 2016

You have a few hours left to show what a Kick Ass Woman you are and support the Artemis Film Festival.  They ask that you take a selfie with a sign that says "I Contributed".  Every dollar helps, so please give if you can.  They are honoring some very inspiring role models, like Stunt Women extraordinaire Zoë Bell and Heidi Moneymaker.

You can donate to the Festival, or to Artemis Motion Pictures.

Follow them on twitter:  @IAmMelanieWise (Founder),  @ArtemisFF, @ArtemisPics

Deadpool  Happy St. Valentine's Day
February 11, 2016

Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds. He owns the role so completely, it's hard to imagine anyone else could. From the pre-mutant, wise-cracking, love sick puppy, to the hell-bent-on-revenge, relentless smart ass, the action is as fast as the one liners. The movie is wildly entertaining with so many how-did-they-do-that scenes that I found my self shaking my head in wonder.

The very funny and creative opening credits, part of a really long, surprising, and painful action sequence, are the best thing I've seen in a while. They really set the tone for the whole movie.  Critics—who don't get what makes an Action Movie, an action movie—complain about even one "cheesy one liner", this movie proves that we enjoy the HELL out of them, and can't get enough.  I laughed all the way through. 


Criminal 2016 movie poster

Criminal: Old School Actors/Old School Action
February 11, 2016

Criminal stars Kevin Coster, Tommy Lee Jones, and Gary Oldham, plus Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot—all great dramatic actors who have done some really great roles in memorable Action Movies.

Coster couldn't have been better in 3 Days to Kill, and with this cast, it's a no fail movie. Add Tom Struthers as 2nd Unit Director (what an incredible list of movies to his credit! He's 2nd Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator on the upcoming Warcraft, was Stunt Coordinator on Redemption, The Dark Knight Rises, John Carter, X-Men First Class, Season of the Witch, Inception, Terminator Salvation, The Dark Knight, and more . . . ) and I think it's going to pack a wallop with old-school Action scenes.  Frankly, I'm a little tired of Superhero Movies, bring on real tough guys (at any age).

The script is interesting. The writers are: Douglas Cook (aka Douglas S. Cook, he passed away at just 56 in 2015) and David Weisberg  (together they wrote the screen play for The Rock with Mark Rosner—say no more), and  Synopsis:  The memories & skills of a deceased CIA agent are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous convict.  A man who "was "in out of prison more than half his life, [a man who]'s got no impulse or control, [is] unable to calculate the consequence of his actions, [and] has a total lack of empathy for anybody or anything. [A man who] feels nothing." How interesting to awaken such a violent man to morality and empathy. It's such a natural next movie (story wise) after 3 Days to Kill.  At the heart of what makes an Action Movie, an Action Movie is a hero who's on the right side—an Action Movie Essential. If you didn't see 3 Days to Kill, I suggest you watch.  

Look for it in theaters on April 15, 2016 . . .





13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
When Grown Men Cry*

Michael Bay and Benghazi: What a story, what a movie!

John Krasinskisuch screen presence—at some point he eclipses everyone. That's a good thing, after all, he is the lead character, yet every actor's performance is really good. Even with as little as we know of the characters, we get really attached in a very short time. This "true story" is so compelling that even though there were many entertaining moments of Camaraderie and Dominance, and in-your-face love of America, you can't help but feel the movie's condemnation of those in command in the military/government who sat and watched and did practically nothing. (*One of the few time I've not hated it—considering the true story.)

Here are three of the six real-life heroes, and an interview that drives the truth home:


Heroes of Benghazi Open Up About the Film


Shadow Warriors Project—a worthy cause to support.

After such tremendous bravery, what do these heroes get?  From their site: Shadow Warriors Project (SWP) is a foundation dedicated to the support of private military  security contractors, conducting paramilitary security operations in some of the  world's most dangerous areas. It is the only charity of its kind. Although the  private security contractor has served in the military he is considered a  civilian and does not receive the same support offered to injured active military or veterans. SWP serves the private contractor by offering  financial support through heartfelt donations. By easing the load of these  injured warriors it allows them to focus on healing, as an individual as well as the family unit. 

SWP supports those families who are dealing with the financial  hardships now facing them by lifting the burden of the load so that these  families can focus on healing mind, body, and spirit.

The individuals receiving support from the SWP are special  operatives that were hired either through the CIA or via private security  companies. These people are in need of assistance because there is no  post-engagement support for them on their return to the U.S. like there is for  military veterans. These operatives may have been killed or wounded, and SWP's goal is to serve as a support system to them and/or their family. The individual financial assistance will be for medical bills, PTSD treatment, and other family  therapies. We also want to provide education to the public about who these warriors are, and support events that bring the Shadow Warriors and their family  members together for events and fundraisers.

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