Film Ten: Black Hawk Down (2001)

Black Hawk Down (2001), directed by Ridley Scott, stars an ensemble cast of well-known names and faces. Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana, William Fichtner, Hugh Dancy, Ron Eldard, Ioan Gruffard, Orlando Bloom, Tom Hardy, Jason Isaacs and so many more make up a team of elite U.S. Soldiers deployed in Somalia to capture the lieutenants of a renegade warlord.

The heartbreaking narrative of the film, which is based on true events, follows the team of almost 100 soldiers into the brutality of a raging battle against a large force of heavily armed Somalis. Centering on the heroic efforts of the U.S. Rangers as they battle their way through the city streets of Mogadishu in order to come to the aid of two downed Black Hawk helicopters.

The film boasts heartbreaking comradery, and emerges the audience into the cold reality of war, heightened by incredible performances from the lead and supporting actors. The skilled stunt performances and CGI augmentation in the helicopter crash scenes create a realistic and explicit world in which the series of events take place.

Despite being criticized for its lack of identifiable characters, I found the film to stay true to the foundations on which is was built. Using real stories, events, and characters, the relentless 12 hour time frame which the film depicts translates to an intense and harrowing 2.5 hours of cinema.

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