Black Hawk Down
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A quickly forgotten chapter in United States military history is relived in this harrowing war drama from director Ridley Scott, based on a series of Philadelphia Inquirer articles and subsequent book by reporter Mark Bowden. On October 3rd, 1993, an elite team of more than 100 Delta Force soldiers and Army Rangers, part of a larger United Nations peacekeeping force, are dropped into civil war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, in an effort to kidnap two of local crime lord Mohamed Farah Aidid's top lieutenants. Among the team: Staff Sgt. Matt Eversmann (Josh Hartnett), Ranger Lt. Col. Danny… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"I also don't know how well this 2001 drama represents the events of October 3 and 4, 1993, though I can see that it represents them in a realist vein, referring to other war movies without becoming frivolous."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"[Scott] does a reasonable job sketching the complicated and contradictory political context, but attempts to bring in the odd Somali perspective are grossly inadequate."
‑ , Time Out
"It looks fantastic, not least because it boasts helicopter scenes to rival those of Apocalypse Now."
‑ , Film4
"Black Hawk Down" is a precise vision of how little war has changed in spite of America's high-tech equipment and extensive vocabulary of modern tactics."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It would've been nice to get to know a few of the men we're meant to care about."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Black Hawk Down makes that point without preachment, in precise and pitiless imagery. And for that reason alone it takes its place on the very short list of the unforgettable movies about war and its ineradicable and immeasurable costs."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"A first-rate war movie that presents its subject so horrifyingly well that it doesn't need to probe or preach."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Violent depiction of a risky rescue; adults only."
‑ Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
"While fine films like Saving Private Ryan depict warfare at its worst, they do not depict warfare in modernity. I cannot imagine a better representation of war, with all of its urban complexities, than Black Hawk Down."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"Ambitious, sumptuously-framed and frenetic, Black Hawk Down occasionally errs on the confused, but is nonetheless a rare find of a war movie which dares to turn genre convention on its head."
‑ Mark Dinning, Empire Magazine
"A relentless immersion in combat strikingly realized but none too pleasurable to sit through."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"[D]efinitely worth seeing for those amazing battle sequences."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"No film from the Zeroes - hell, maybe ever - more forcefully imparted the horrors of war as thoroughly, coherently and hauntingly. Even justified wars run rampant with monstrosities, and this showed just how critical camaraderie can be in conquering them."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Action masters Ridley Scott and Jerry Bruckheimer prove that it is possible to extend the opening twenty minutes of Saving Private Ryan to two full hours. Now all they have to do is spend some of that time creating characters to care about."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Though visually awesome in its gritty portrayal of combat, the film is marred by lack of coherent or engaging story and distinguishable characters to anchor the tale."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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