Brutally concieved film about the horrors of war, but also alarmingly patriotic film with it's disgusting "America fuck yeah!" approach.
Among with his talented photographer Slawomir Idziak, director Ridley Scott takes us in the middle of one of the most complex military operations in the USA-history. This is film about Americans as heroes and Somalis as a bad guys. In war there are only casualties, but oddly Scott still is more concerned about American troops than any of Somalis. Somalis which are here called racistically as skinnies are nothing but cattle who run towards their enemies while screaming. This approach is very typical in American war-entertainment. When Americans does something, it is often heroic and shot with heroic slow motion underlined by Hans Zimmer's noisy music.
The whole topic of destruction and despair that nearly 100 army rangers with support of delta forces went through in 1993 Mogadishu, Somalia, when 1-hour mission was extended into over 15-hours mission where 19 americans and approximetely 1000 somalis died makes Black Hawk Down a tough film to sit through. It's subject matter is extremely graphic and dark and it is also a film that leaves nothing for the imagination of the viewer. It is pure in your face experience that shows every nasty and gory detail of the operation gone horribly wrong.
Scott is trying to make this technically impressive and mostly succeeds but then again what is there to left if there is no interesting characters or screenplay to make it worthwile? Quite honestly this film relies too much on the visual mayhem and leaves characters at the background. The soldiers in the film feels more like a cardboard characters and we hardly get to know any of them.
Overall i find Black Hawk Down disgusting advertisement for American military. It is actually more closer to an straightforward propaganda-film than objective insight into war. This is noisy and disgusting film that gave me only a headache.