Black Hawk Down

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Starring: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Siezmore 
Directed By: Ridley Scott 
Rated: Rated R for intense, realistic, graphic war violence, and for language

Final Grade: 

What do you get when you Toss Jerry Brukheimer, Ridley Scott, Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and war all into the same mix? You end up with Black Hawk Down, one of the most overrated films of the season. I did however find the film entertaining, don’t get me wrong. The Storyline, unlike most of the other patriotic movies being cranked out these days is one that is actually true. I must say at least it was more historically accurate than Pearl Harbor, and there was no love story, but it lacked something. Hartnett looks like a 15 year old kid yet and I can’t for the life of me figure out why he is all that and a bag ‘o chips in this film. Ewan McGregor…who was he? Oh yeah, you kind of forget he was even in the movie as he plays a role that seems near unimportant.

The story is of the Battle of Mogadishu. An elite force of 120 American Delta units and Ranger infantry were dropped into Mogadishu on October 3rd, 1993, to abduct two of Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid’s lieutenants. Instead, two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were shot down, and what was expected to take an hour lasted 15, resulting in the deaths of 18 Americans, 73 wounded, and hundreds of Somalians dead.

The only thing the movie has going for it is the emotional appeal to the audience, Josh Hartnett for the girls to drool over. And there are a few scenes of blood and guts stuck in there as well. I personally am sick of the patriotic war movies so this one gets a review that it may not deserve. But all in all it’s worth seeing it once, maybe even twice, but its nothing to go insane over, unless you are that 14-year-old girl that loves Josh Hartnett Way TOO MUCH…. 

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