12 May, 2021

Black Hawk Down

An actual story told in the actual, possible way -- no fussing over story/plot conventions.

Black Hawk Down
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana
Director: Ridley Scott
Rating: ***

Forget about memorable characters and Oscar nominations. This is an actual story told in the actual, possible way—a long drawn-out focus on the event itself without the mandatory fusses over story/plot conventions. The closest it comes to is a sparring, grimy rugby match: you applaud isolated efforts and moments of brilliance, but the overall action is too huge for any one performance or instant to shine individually.

The fact that Hollywood is finally making films like Remember The Titans and Black Hawk Down—where an episode assumes the shape of a character—shows how things are maturing out there. Ridley Scott's latest takes you to Mogadishu 1993, in the heart of a bitter, urban war between American Delta and Ranger units and the militia of Mohammad Farah Aidid, a local Somalian warlord. The interlude begins when a...

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