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A group of elite U.S. soldiers sent into Magadishu, Somalia in 1993 as part of a U.N. peacekeeping operation. Young Rangers and veteran Delta Force Soldiers fight side by side against overwhelming odds. For 18 harrowing hours, they remain trapped and wounded in the most hostile district of Magadishu until a rescue convoy can be mounted to retrieve them.
Action Drama - Men in general are most likely to like this film, which is
essentially one long combat sequence; as such, those sensitive to
violence, not to mention young children, should stay away. Those
looking for character and story should also steer clear, for there
is very little of both.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Review Excellent "Films like this are more useful than gung-ho capers like
"Behind Enemy Lines." They help audiences understand and sympathize
with the actual experiences of combat troops, instead of trivializing them into
entertainments. Although the American mission in Somalia was humanitarian, the
movie avoids speechmaking and sloganeering...''
Review Excellent "Black Hawk's knockout photography, editing and
sound are all state of the art, while the ensemble performers, in contrast, are effectively
subordinate to the material. By focusing without distraction on the
mission at hand, Black Hawk Down breaks out of the pack in Hollywood's
long history of combat movies. It does so, in ironic screen timing, by reminding
us of a battle that turned many against American troop commitment''
Review Good ''Black Hawk Down is driven by scenes of gripping,
unflinching battle, touched by the director's talent for communicating through
the colors he chooses, even in the spray of mud on a wounded man's face. It's
powered by extended stretches of pummeling, adrenalized battle that are perhaps
the stylistic contributions of Scott's Delta Force of a producing colleague,
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Review Above Average "The film, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, no doubt
captures some of the horror and the chaos of the actual situation, but it makes
for a loud, often confusing, and always bloody two and a half hours.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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NOTE: This movie is STRICTLY for those who either enjoy or can tolerate an EXTREMELY HIGH LEVEL of GRAPHIC and BLOODY violence! It's virtually non-stop killing with very little story.
We collected 176 opinions and they are EXTREMELY HIGH! As you can see, most of the opinions are either "Fantastic" or "Excellent," with most of the remaining ones being "Very Good," which is also high. Also remarkable, especially for this type of movie (bloody and violent) is the fact that only a handful of moviegoers rated it somewhat low with opinions of"Good" and "Fair," and that the ladies enjoyed it almost as much as the guys. All this makes it very easy to HIGHLY RECOMMEND "BLACK HAWK DOWN"! (But please BE SURE to read the detailed content information.)
Black Hawk Down is the heroic account of a group of elite U.S. soldiers sent
into Magadishu, Somalia in 1993 as part of a U.N. peacekeeping operation. Their
mission: to capture several top lieutenants of the Somali Warlord, Mohamed
Farrah Aidid, as part of a strategy to quell the civil war and famine that is
ravaging the country.
Young Rangers and veteran Delta Force Soldiers fight side by side against
overwhelming odds. For 18 harrowing hours, they remain trapped and wounded in
the most hostile district of Magadishu until a rescue convoy can be mounted to
retrieve them. Outnumbered and surrounded, tensions flare, friends are lost,
alliances are formed and soldiers learn the true nature of war and heroism.