Starring: Josh Harnett, Tom Sizemore, William Fictner,
Eric Bana and Ewan McGregor.
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Hawk Down a man-fest extravaganza folks! They're flying out of
the woodwork here! William Fictner, Josh
Harnett, Tom Sizemore, Ewan
McGregor. But, this is also a rootin' tootin' blood-n-gore
war film with exponents! Take Saving Private Ryan and multiply
it by three and you'll get close to the intensity of BHD. Director
Ridley Scott held nothing back, except character development -
but it's a war film after all - you want character? See The
Shipping News. You wanna see things blow up real good? See
a real-to-life story about the troops sent into Somalia a few
years back. Who knew... We lost nineteen men on that mission,
it was a blurb on CNN. Not here. You'll have your stomach in your
throat throughout the relentless battle scenes and swarming militia
course there were so many more casualties for the enemy, but,
it's an American film damn it!
term Black Hawk refers to the helicopters that the troops were
shot down in behind enemy lines. They had been sent in for a simply
capture and destroy mission. The film is based on the best-selling
book detailing a simple-gone-awry mission in Somalia on October
3, 1993 where nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers, commanded by Capt.
Mike Steele, were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital
city of Mogadishu, Somalia. As in real life, in the film things
go very wrong- very fast. The crew shifts their goal from capture
the bad guys to simply try to survive and leave no man behind.
There's a lot of painful scenes and human anguish to deal with.
Like I said, a war movie.
is pretty much the story. Nothing too deep- it's a war film folks.
But, it is one helluva war film. Future excursions into the genre
will have to live up to this one. It makes the Pearl Harbor attack
scene seem relatively calm - and that's something! There's no
point in discussing Josh Harnett's Sgt Eversmann or Tom Sizemore's
unstoppable Lt. Colonel Danny McKnight, they are undeveloped and
never really center. It's the war scenes - nearly two hours of
nonstop violence - that star here. Of course the lads look all
rough and ready in their fatigues and fx make-up, but the blood
and gore takes away any rabid Rhesus monkey sex thoughts,
and fast. There's lots of man - banter as the whole cast
is filled with he-men and that whole macho acting shindig.
is the droplets of acting that are wedged between the billion
bullets and Bruckheimer patented fire- and-explotions special
effects. Yeah, Bruckheimer (Con Air, The Rock, Gone
in Sixty Seconds)...He produced it. So, you know exactly
what to expect- and it aint Shakespeare on the run.
Josh Harnett fellow is being positioned for super-stardom. The
next all-American movie star. He's been around a while in smaller
films like The Virgin Suicides or horror campfests like Halloween
H20. Those days are over. He was Ben Affleck's buddy gone heal
in Pearl Harbor and that's where the eyebrow
of lust eased firmly above the forehead. This man's a feast of
manly bits! He needs a good bare all film on his resume, don't
If you're into war films with a ton of men being blown up or shot
at, run out and see this. If you're anti-violence in any little
way avoid this 'cause it's a heavy duty bloodfest.
Recommendation: Freeze dried rations and a coke.