Black Hawk Down Review

"#4: "Nobody Asks To Be A Hero, It Just Turns Out That Way""

Day two of our Top Five war films countdown is a hugely entertaining explosive action/adventure movie from the great Sir Ridley Scott. The world wide known director, and one of the most famous human beings on earth for being an influential filmmaker for changing the way we see film such as Bladerunner, Robin Hood, Alien, Gladiator, and his upcoming sc-fi drama Prometheus; gives us his vision of the true story that is Black Hawk Down.

When 123 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord, they find themselves in a desperate battle with a force of heavily-armed Somalis when one of their men's Black Hawk helicopter is shot down from an RPG. What was only going to take 30 minutes to do, turned into a nearly 3 day rescue mission.

Black Hawk Down is a pretty damn intense war movie. It's a dirty, gritty, action movie covered in sweat, blood, grime, and tears. Ridley Scott knows what he is doing, and he did his homework when it came to adapting one of the most griping war moments in the Battle of Mogadishu. Although some of it is fictionalized for "Hollywood entertainment" film purposes, it is faithful to Black Hawk Down: a Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden.

It was no surprise seeing how Black Hawk Down won Academy Awards for best editing and best sound as they had filmed 18 hours of combat in under 3 hours. The sound is absolutely outstanding! Watching BHD in 5.1 surround sound with the volume cranked up is a truly immersible experience unlike no other. The editing is top notch too. Even though the action doesn't start 'heating up' about an hour into the movie, it is quickly fast paced, but tends to get a bit slow at the two hour mark; but don't worry my follow Moviewebbers, the epic conclusion is an edge of your seat no holds barred action packed third act!

Are heroic team of Elite Soldiers consist of Star War's prequel trilogy's Obi-Wan, Ewan McGregor plays the desk clerk John Grimes. McGregor does a neat acting job, at being a realistic person who has a boring job working behind the desk rather than in the action. Then we have Shotgun Bank Manager from The Dark Knight, William Fichtner. Fichtner plays Delta Force SPC Jeff Sanderson. He doesn't speak much in the movie, but his acting is perfect to watch. Plus the Fantastic Four's very own Mr. Fantastic Ioan Gruffudd is also in this film, followed by Josh Hartnett and Harry Potter star, Jason Isaacs. Black Hawk Down is full of A-list actor's. I think it's safe to say that Ridley Scott chose a perfect cast.

Black Hawk Down provides us with a visceral action epic filled with loud gunfire, huge fiery explosions, true war heroes, and gives us more intense viewing entertainment than a Call of Duty game that you can shake an Xbox controller at. If you want a nonstop ride, then this is it! Ridley Scott knows how to make a movie, and he shows us how. Black Hawk Down gives Michael Bay a run for his money. So sit back, relax, and strap yourself in for an unreal military experience that just goes to show what real heroes are made of.


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