When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer heavy casualties, facing intense fighting from the militia on the ground.
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This film is a must see for epic war movie buffs. Being that it is based on actual events. The importance here is factual accuracy. Black Hawk Down pretty much hit a bulls eye. Some characters in the book, are not in scenes shot in the film. However the film does a good job making up for that with excellent scenes of combat. As well as great acting. Black Hawk Down is a fast paced, Action filled war film that is thrilling. As well as deeply sadening and haunting, in regards to what those brave soldiers went through. During the battle of Somalia.
5/5- No other war film has realistically depicted modern warfare this well to date...
This film is definately worth watching, especially if you have read the book with the same title, by Mark Bowden. If you like war movies then you will love this! It has many graphic scenes of combat but it also has a bit of comedy thrown in every now and then. It's a film that you could watch over and over again without getting bored. In the book, there are many characters in it that aren't mentioned in the film. Mark Bowden and Ridley Scott have explained that this is because there just wasn't enough time to have every single character play a seperate role and the film have the same effect. So instead, many of the characters are rolled into 1 so that they still get their story told. It is a brilliant film and will definately make even the grown men cry! Viewers and readers of the book need to be aware of the fact that it is only 'based' on a true story and not in any means identical. If you have read the book and/or read/heard the soldiers stories then you will know that it is not far off the truth and only the minor scenes like watching TV etc are fabricated.
4/5* - Simply because it could have been a bit more graphic - Definately in my favourites!