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Black Hawk Down

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7.72 h 24 min2002X-RayHDRUHD15
BLACK HAWK DOWN is the action packed true harrowing account of US Military action in Mogadishu, Somalia. As part of a UN Peacekeeping force, a group of elite US soldiers undertake a mission to abduct several top lieutenants of a Somalian warlord to stop the civil war that has been tearing the country apart. The carefully planned mission goes terribly wrong, resulting in the US military's single..
Directors
Ridley Scott
Starring
Josh HartnettEwan McGregorTom Sizemore
Genres
Military and WarActionDrama
Subtitles
EnglishEnglish [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Eric Bana
Producers
Jeffery BeachJerry BruckheimerKen OlandtRidley Scott
Studio
Columbia/Revolution
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4.7 out of 5 stars

645 global ratings

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  2. 11% of reviews have 4 stars
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  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
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Philip DawesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Black Hawk Down – A perfect film depicting the horrors of real war
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This is another brilliant film directed by Ridley Scott. The exceptional skill of the make-up artists was demonstrated by the realistic stomach-churning bloody wounds and dismembered limbs on the film. Whereas in most other war or gangster films showing blood and wounds, the colour of the blood is usually like a thin red or red-brown dye and the wounds are so artificial in appearance. But not with Black Hawk Down - the blood and gore is so real-looking and life like to the point of repulsion. That’s the tragedy of ‘real’ war! Ridley Scott’s direction of all the Somali actors being gunned down is perfect.
In the closing scene where the Marines are trotting, departing the town, three little Somali boys emerge from the mist dancing joyously and waving their arms and hands as they run in front of the Marines, and the towns-people follow dancing with happiness and waving their arms in liberation that they have been saved from the bloody-warlords. The film brings up another age-old question – who supplied the arms to the warlord gangsters? Western nations!
Jassim Al-KananiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliantly political, yes... with a massive lower case ‘p’... superb
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Some films are to Hollywood what a good tip is to the dealer in a card game. Known as the ‘Croupier’s Chip’ - it is traditionally given by the winner to the dealer at the end of the game... In terms of Dramatic Films in the past three decades ‘Black Hawk Down’ is to the Action Drama what ‘As Good As It Gets’ is to comedy. It’s going to take a long time to better it.

The success behind it is the judgment of Ridley Scott. And his timing in making the film. Made in the same year as 9/11; it didn’t hit the cinemas worldwide en masse until a few months after. It was also made a full two years before Saddam Hussein was removed from power in Iraq.

It is a testamental warning to strategists on intervention. When to intervene and whether you have the judgement at all to do so.

Nobody would disagree that Bill Clinton did absolutely the right thing. And nobody will doubt it is the last time international powers will ever care to intervene within an African Union state ever again (militarily speaking).

The cast Ridley Scott put together as an ensemble is incredibly well judged. So well judged that sadly; no one actor was singled out for any major awards. And as of 2021 Ridley Scott has almost equalled Martin Scorsese’s regard for most Academy Award Nominations for Best Director, without a win. Scorsese had been nominated five times before picking up the award. Ridley Scott is now up to four nominations without a nod.

And we are up to sadly what he should have won for... this film. So he’s left open to the same comments as Scorsese; that any win achieved is as a result of the guilt of neglect of recognition by the Academy.

Then there are the vested interests of politicians such as Barack Obama in East Africa and Iraq. When you compare his record on pure humanitarian grounds; there is no comparison to Bill Clinton whose judgement was sharp and clear and often embarrassed the UN with his sense of decency. This film reflects a noble but failed attempt. And it pulls no punches but has no bias whatever. And it keeps you watching for full information.

The world was after all left with the bombing of the WTC building in Kenya in 1994. And Clinton was not going to keep ignoring the warning signals no matter how he was blackmailed over his personal life and Flowers and Lewinsky’s public testimony.

He certainly did not pursue the Obama track on foreign policy in Africa and the Middle East which appeared to be a campaign of cringeworthy squirming on whether people will associate foreign policy with sexuality globally. The ‘Not in our name’ complex which seemed more about humouring warlords on the defence of marriage than saving lives. Clinton had to face Obama from the mid-90s as an enemy within. And the subtle themes which you find in ‘Black Hawk Down’ show it for all its worth.

The ensemble is the ensemble and I pick no actor out. Because they almost bring the dead back alive to tell their own story.

The G7 of countries will now never come to the aid of any society which shows its intervening humanitarian forces being dismembered with rocks, stones and clubs inside a downed helicopter.

Ridley’s audience is still waiting for him to pick up the award. But regardless; he is one of Tyneside’s finest. And he has with Hollywood whilst maintaining the best of classicism effortlessly.
Rupert GarciaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome Battle Sequences
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When I first watched this film back in the early noughties, I was a bit dismayed at what looked like a rather two-dimensional, possibly racist shoot-'em-up, with white guys killing bazzillions of black guys.
It ain't as simple as that though, as the black guys portrayed here were definitely baddies, as reading a bit around the subject will inform you.
The Blu-ray looks and sounds fine though - highly recommended.
A D PowellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 August 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great action film based a a true event.
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This film is a master piece of a directorship and fine acting with those actors involved playing their allotted roles with great flourish. And so realistic depicting close combat with a gusto. A truly great film.
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Dogs WongaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent film
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A veritable feast of action, lots of 'skinnys' getting despatched en mass , quite an ensemble cast too, so much more enjoyable on Blu ray, excellent film.
RReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
"If someone asked me to fight someone else's war..
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I would say no way in hell". - Josh Harnett in Black Hawk Down
CLReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Modern classic
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Delivery was fast and in time for Christmas. Trying to move our DVD collection on to Bluray so bought this for husbands Christmas. Great film especially for anyone who is into war films, made even better by HD offered by Bluray. One of the modern classics, up there with Saving Private Ryan. A must watch, especially for the price.
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R MaryanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Professional service
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Excellent product delivered in a timely manner.
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