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Black Hawk Down [DVD] [Canadian]
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On October 3, 1993, Army Rangers and members of the elite Delta Force participated in a covert operation in Mogadishu, Somalia that went horribly wrong. Sent to abduct two lieutenants of a vicious Somali warlord, the soldiers found themselves surrounded by hostile militia. Two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and many men lost their lives. Mark Bowden of the Philadelphia Inquirer told the story of the battle in his exhaustively researched, critically acclaimed book, BLACK HAWK DOWN, and filmmaker Ridley Scott (GLADIATOR) and screenwriter Ken Nolan have done an amazing job of bringing the dramatic story to the screen. Like Bowden's book, the film does not thoroughly examine the context of the conflict, but gives a detailed and intense blow-by-blow account of the fighting. The outstanding ensemble cast includes Josh Hartnett as a competent but nervous Ranger sergeant leading his first mission, Ewan McGregor as a "desk jockey" who excels when sent into combat, Eric Bana (THE INCREDIBLE HULK) as a cocky and enigmatic Delta, and Ron Eldard as a downed Black Hawk pilot. The violence of the film is brutal and nearly constant. Scott unflinchingly captures the chaos and mayhem of battle with tremendous visual finesse.
Brendan Sexton, Brian Van Holt, Carmine Giovinazzo, Charlie Hofheimer, Eric Bana, Enrique Murciano, Ewen Bremner, Ewan McGregor, Gabriel Casseus, Hugh Dancy, Ioan Gruffudd, Sam Shepard, Samuel Shepard Rogers, Tom Sizemore, Richard Tyson, Josh Hartnett, Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Piven, Danny Hoch, Tom Guiry, Thomas Guiry, Kim Coates, Ron Eldard, William Fichtner
"...BLACK HAWK's knockout photography, editing and sound are all state of the art..."
"...A personal best for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a triumph for Scott and a war film of prodigious power. You will be shaken..."
"...[Made] with immense technical skill and spectacular photography..."
Sight and Sound
"...There may be no working director more accomplished at wringing texture out of the color blue than the prodigious and now prolific Mr. Scott..."
New York Times
"...[The] images have a raw, vital quality that heightens the urgent, you-are-there quality of the action, and all the equipment, effects and military-related details are superb..."
"...Gripping, incisive....An attempt to record as accurately as possible what it was like to be under fire on that mission..."
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he aerial photography of Black Hawks sweeping across the coastline is stunning....Technically the film is excellent..."
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