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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done!, January 2, 2002
I have to say that they nailed this movie pretty good.
Basically all it does is tell the story of what happened in Mogadishu on October 3, 1993. They didn't focus on character detail that much which to me is a good thing. There are just too many people involved to go into detail with them all. Going into too much detail on certain characters and not others would take away what some did and would lessen their sacrifice. So, they stuck to just the story. Good move.
They compressed the story some, changed a few names, and merged some characters into one character This was done to get the story down to a movie time frame and to protect certain characters identities as they are still serving.
No movie based on a book is as detailed as the book. Don't expect it to be. You should read the book as well.
Some critics have said that it is way too violent of a film. Did they know they were going to see a movie about combat? Hello!!?!! It's about time that film makers have started making movies to show the American public what really happens in combat. Combat is not one guy running around killing people by the hundreds with a head band on. They made it a real as you could get it on the screen. Saving Private Ryan started it off and now Black Hawk Down. To Jerry Bruckheimer and Ridley Scott, Bravo! Well Done!
It's very accurate as far as weapons, equipment, uniforms, etc. They used the exact helicopters that were used in the original mission in 1993 with the 160th SOAR.
The whole movie I was searching for inaccuracies. Want to know what I came up with? They had their names written in marker on their Kevlar helmets (this was done so the audience could quickly tell who's who) we wrote our names on the helmet band. The chin straps on the Kevlar helmets were not taped up (As soon as I got to Ranger Battalion we had to taped up and tie down certain pieces of equipment and this was one of them), they wore dog tag silencers (in Ranger Battalion I was told to get them off and tape em up with 100 MPH tape as soon as I got there), and sometimes they said each others names on the radios instead of call signs (once again this was done for the audience). So as you can see I was really reaching there.
Certain shots were just incredible for me. For example, there was a point of view shot from the side of a MH-6 Little Bird (we used to ride out on the sides of those things all the time). The camera was positioned as to be a person sitting on the left side of the chopper looking to the front. In front of the chopper is another Little Bird fully loaded with guys. The sequence is them going in for a landing on the street. Just watching it reminded me of all those times I rode on those [...things].
Maybe someday people will start to understanding what people in combat arms go through.
A Co, 2nd Ranger Battalion
U.S. Army (1991-1995)
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Initial post: Dec 28, 2008 2:44:59 PM PST
Smiley LV says:
Thank you for your service. - Brian from Nederland, TX

Posted on Dec 28, 2008 2:45:24 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 10, 2009 1:56:19 AM PST
J.R. says:
Though I wasn't in the Army I know enough people that were and you really broke down what was inaccurate and what wasn't. I don't think there is a way to have made this movie into an exact replica of the book, but I think it does serve as a way to tell the story of what happened on that day, and to get people interested enough to read the book. Perhaps too it will show the reality of war to those who are still too ignorant to see or understand the harsh and brutal reality.

This daughter of a Vietnam Vet sends you a salute for your service and is grateful you are still around to keep telling it like it is!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2009 1:10:26 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 27, 2009 9:12:26 PM PDT
dude awesome review. you are the ish.

thanks for serving.

Posted on Jun 28, 2009 9:28:01 AM PDT
Joe Michael says:
Thank you for your service to this country. God Bless You!!
Joe from Whiting, NJ (near Fort Dix)

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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2010 6:20:04 AM PST
Lucas Neely says:
Does it matter what branch you serve in? I mean, a marine dies in combat and a ranger dies in combat. Does that mean that less or more tears should be shed for either? And if you aren't in the marines, then you had better well just shut up. I personally am thankful for any and all members in our armed forces. Without the cooperation of the Marines, Army and the Navy, we might as well bow down to every other country. Please, be respectful, even if you are a marine, at least have the decency to respect what another would give to the country as well.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 4:46:09 PM PDT
Great review - Thank you for your service!

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 9:39:03 PM PDT
God bless people like you. Ashutosh - From INDIA!
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