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From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Hannibal) and renowned producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pearl Harbor, Armageddon) comes a gripping true story about bravery, camaradarie and the complex reality of war. Black Hawk Down stars an exceptional cast including Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor), Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge!), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), Eric Bana (Chopper), William Fichtner (The Perfect Storm), Ewen Bremner (Snatch) and Sam Shepard (All The Pretty Horses). In 1993, an elite group of American Rangers and Delta Force soldiers are sent to Somalia on a critical mission to capture a violent warlord whose corrupt regime has led to the starvation of hundreds of thousands of Somalis. When the mission goes terribly wrong, the men find themselves outnumbered and literally fighting for their lives.
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In the beginning of the movie the men treat this as just another mission as they believe will be back in a few hours but, the movie viewer should know that is not to be. This is because the covert mission turns out to be not so covert, which results in one of the soldiers being injured during the initial deployment and soon thereafter one of the black hawk helicopters is hit and crashes. From that point onward there are two missions, the initial military objective and the additional objective to bring back those who are injured or killed. This movie is also about the commitment not to leave anyone behind as much as it is about the events of a failed military mission.
There are many strong characters but what stands out for me are the exchanges between the characters of Hoot(Eric Bana) and Eversman (Josh Harnett). Hoot is the quintescential warrior, a Delta Forces sargeant that has seen it all, he convines experience with talent and a strong intellect. Eversman is a young man thrown before his time to the burdens of command as his team leader suffers a seizure and cannot continue leading his chalk. The exchanges between these two characters for me are the main part of the movie. Hoot counsels the younger warrior, he demands focus and getting the mission done before letting anguish and guilt take over, his men need him in all his capacity. Eversman grows as a leader and a man as the combat progresses, at the begining he is willing to endager his team and mission to save a young member of his chalk but at the end he thinks and reacts more in the interest and welfare of the entire platoon. Hoots's charge through the middle of the city to reach (although late) the crash site of the second Black Hawk and then getting in time to save Eversman's team from a recoiless rifle team at the scene of the main crash site is probably the strongest part of the movie in the action/heroics department.
The movie is about a small group of dedicated and highly trained US Special Forces and Rangers took on thousands of fanatical militias (who are also high on drugs and bloodlust) to uphold the creed that no body should be left behind after accomplishing a presumably worthwhile mission that in the end was poorly planned. It was the cammaraderie, training and ethos of these soldiers that ultimately saved the day.
The battle of Mogadishu should be remenber by the sheer technical capacity and heroic selflesness that the US soldier is capable to bring to battle, I think this movie portrays and gives a fitting homage to these brave men.
About the movie in itself the battle action puts you literally in the middle of the events, you can appreciate also the flaws on technology and chain of command decisions when the land convoy is shot to pieces while trying to reach the crash site due to lags in the relay of orders.
The music was also very enjoyable. I especially liked the rendition of The Minstrel Boy as performed by The Mescaleros, I thought it was very appropriate for the end credits of this movie.