Genre Grandeur – Black Hawk Down (2001) – Encore Review

Here’s my review of one of my favorite War movie’s for this month’s Genre Grandeur.

blackhawkdown-2“Nobody asks to be a hero, it just sometimes turns out that way.” – Eversmann

Number of Times Seen – No Clue (Premiere night in Israel 28 Feb 2002, numerous times on DVD,24 Apr 2013 and 27 Aug 2014)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – In October 1993, a routine US Army arrest in Somalia went bad.  This is the story of what really happened.

My Take on it – I recall when the story depicted in this movie really happened.  I myself was in the army at the time and we careful followed what happened.

When the movie came out 8 years later, I made sure to go see it the night it premiered here in Israel.

The movie was so intense that I was still filled with adrenaline and emotions when I left the theater.

This and Saving Private Ryan are (IMHO) the two best war movies ever made because they give the viewer the chance of feeling like they are right there in the thick of the battle with the characters.

As a former soldier (who thankfully never experience a real firefight) these movies scared the hell outta me because of the realism that they attempt to capture.

War is hell and this movie shows us the chaos of what happens in the midst of bullets flying everywhere.

Ridley Scott did such an amazing job with this so soon after finishing Gladiator (2000) and the fact that he got back-to-back Best Director Oscar Nomination for them proves it.

I loved how this movie didn’t just focus on one specific character and gave us 5 or 6 (at least) different perspectives of what was going on.

This kind of a movie doesn’t let for much character development, but that doesn’t detract much from the story because we care more about the situation than the actual individuals involved.

THis is still (IMHO) the best close-quartered combat movie ever made and although it is less graphic than Saving Private Ryan, they are both high up on my list of realistic War movies.

Bottom Line – Great action movie that shows what is is like to be in a modern battle.  We get to see the story from numerous perspectives that gives us a complete picture of what really transpired.  Scott knows how to create so much tension and realism. Highly Recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)


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