Black Hawk Down Reviews
On October 3rd, 1993, an elite team of more than 100 Delta Force soldiers and Army Rangers, part of a larger United Nations peacekeeping force, are dropped into civil war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, in an effort to kidnap two of local crime lord Mohamed Farah Aidid's top lieutenants. When two of the mission's Black Hawk helicopters are shot down by enemy forces, the Americans -- committed to recovering every man, dead or alive -- stay in the area too long and are quickly surrounded. The ensuing firefight is a merciless 15-hour ordeal and the longest ground battle involving American soldiers since the Vietnam War.
"Black Hawk Down", "Black Hawk Down", "Black Hawk Down". That's the title I hear pop up in conversations every time I speak about war films. It's an old film, one that came out when I was only about two years old. Now, sixteen years later, I'm finally able to see this film. Although I don't think it lives up to the status quo that everyone hypes it up to be, but it's still a solid war film.
Essentially, this did feel like a two hour, non stop, live action film of Call Of Duty. I completely understand that the story takes place in one of the longest ongoing battles in the history of America, however, you never had room to breathe. It was a lot of runnin' and gunnin' for two hours, and it really did feel like Call of Duty. I think sometimes you need to take a breathe and process everything that's going on, otherwise your film will drag a bit.
The story was interesting enough. I think there were so many characters that it was hard to get attached to them, but I know that wasn't the point of this film. Like I said, I think everyone was so rapid fire and guns blazing that it was hard to analyze what was going on. Trust me, I had tons of enjoyment from this film, but there's not going to be a ton of development in it if that's what you're looking for.
Some of the shots in this film looked pretty amazing. I think the cinematography was one of the highlights of this film, as it really caught my attention. There were some shots that I wanted to take a picture of and remember forever, which is really saying something. For a film that's so high paced and action driven, I think the camera work was really good and appropriate for the situation. Scott's vision with the camera and everyone else behind the lenses really put together a cohesive story with the images. My only real complaint is that the use of slow motion dropped a lot of frames when they implemented it, which made it kind of cheesy at times.
The action may have been none stop, but it was really well put together. Everyone, from the director, special effects coordinators, stunt doubles, everyone did a fantastic job. They really did a great job of putting together the entire setting, from the locations to the actual fights. I think this film, especially visually, is ahead for its time. It still holds up pretty well in today's media too, which is definitely a plus.
Although I didn't love this film, I still thought it was a good war film. There's not a ton of depth to this movie, but it's definitely gritty and fast paced. Definitely a solid film and one I enjoyed watching.