Friday, March 18, 2011

Black Hawk Down

Ridley Scott, 2001 (9.0*)
Super intense war film has a very simple premise: a U.S. helicopter has been shot down in the city during the occupation of Somalia. It's now the mission of ground forces to rescue the crew while they are under attack from all sides in this war against warlords. It seems that every civilian has an AK-47 in this city [see Nicholas Cage in Lord of War for how they got armed] and each individual army has a common enemy: americans.

The focus is constantly shifting from the soldiers in the crashed helicopters to those on the ground trying to fight their way to the crash site through the enemy in the streets. This is riveting, thanks to super editing, cinematography, and sound. It's hard to believe we're seeing special effects and not the real thing. Some of the more recognizable cast in include Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor, Josh Hartnett. Tom Sizemore, and Sam Shepherd.

Based on a true story, Scott (Alien, Gladiator) has made one of the best war films of the post Vietnam era.


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