Movie Review – Black Hawk Down

A hastily planned raid in Somalia in 1993 goes terribly wrong when a support helicopter is hit by a rocket propelled gun. As the troops on the ground attempt to both carry out the raid successfully and rescue those in the downed helicopter, thousands of Somali rebels attack.

Directed by Ridley Scott, Black Hawk Down is a very realistic modern warfare movie that doesn’t pull any punches. Based on real events, it isn’t pretty viewing as bullet fly in every direction. There are some horrific injuries, both graphic and gruesome and yet they don’t overwhelm the situation and those soldiers who are are being surrounded.

The movie stars a raft of well known actors including Eric Bana, Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner and Sam Shepard to name but a few. The action is the main part of the movie though and is more than just thrilling, it is intense in the same way that The Hurt Locker is. After watching the movie, you actually feel the tension in your shoulders.

Black Hawk Down is a very good modern warfare movie, and one that should be viewed if only to see what went on and what happened.

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