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Erik Hilde Says, in 1-19-2010 at 21:23:03 from     

If your looking for a war movie along the lines of Apocalypse Now, Saving Private Ryan, or even Platoon, you’ll be horribly disappointed with Blackhawk Down. The flick is pure big-budget, low-intellect Hollywood, and it’s obvious the “creative talent” behind the scenes wasn’t even smart enough to locate the junior-filmaker’s recipe book. How many times do we have to hear, “tell my wife I love her *gasp, wheeze*…” only to hear, “You can tell her yourself, you can make it!” Gawd, not again!

The characters were exaggerated and dimensionless, the symbolism (when it was actually included) was crammed down our throats, and important details totally ignored. Since when do soldiers just hop on a Humvee to join his buds in combat without first checking with their senior officers?

If you like truly senseless violence, then get this movie. But if you like the dynamic interplay compelling dialogue, or the satisfaction of relating to a particular character in a hellish circumstance, then seek your entertainment elsewhere.
Rating: 1 / 5

Anonymous Says, in 1-19-2010 at 22:53:29 from     

This Movie is terrible…I paid good money to see it in the theater..and I’m telling you people who read this dont waste your money buying this crap…it not even worth your time. It shows how bad the US Army screws up and it shows how our tax money is spent on stupid fighting in a country we have no business being in. Please dont waste your money on this.
Rating: 1 / 5

Anonymous Says, in 1-20-2010 at 01:24:18 from     

This was a movie that was created to be the most PC and pleasing movie of the year. THe characters were unbeleivible, with stupid antics to make shots at jokes during the movies. THe main character was the perfect boyscout who loved all races and was there to save lives, i dont doubt that the men and women in service do this but he was just too much the perfect human being without any faults. The movie was also too repetitive, i would of loved to pay 1/4 the price and have seen 30 mins, but instead it seemed they took thirty minutes of footage and put it on a loop.
Rating: 1 / 5

Anonymous Says, in 1-20-2010 at 03:56:56 from     

There are war movies I would like to watch again, such as Pearl Habor. But I definitely do not want to watch this movie the second time. It taxed my patience even during the first viewing. For it is very poorly conceived as a movie: no characterization, no plot, no structure. As such, it is terribly boring. All one gets to see, for more than two hours, is brutality, blood, violence. Josh Hartnett is a talented actor, but he does not even have a chance to show his talent, for, like war itself, this movie does not allow people to emerge as individuals, and this hurts the point of the movie, which is “fighting for the man next to you.” Great war movies do not just exhibit shooting, bombing, running and shouting. They show the audience who the soldiers are–not as machines, but as individuals, as human beings. This movie fails to do that, and for this reason, it fails to be moving.
Rating: 1 / 5

Kristoffer Infante Says, in 1-20-2010 at 03:57:48 from     

You’d think that after 9/11 we’d make films that show the Americans in a good, positive light. Well, not in BLACK HAWK DOWN! It is a depressing and embarrassing piece of propaganda that shows us at our worst time.

Directed by Ridley Scott, recent Best Director nominee, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, action producer extraordinaire, it reunites him with three of his PEARL HARBOR cast – the always bland and boring Josh Hartnett, the unctuously loud and obnoxious Tom Sizmore, and minor actor William Fichtner. And, much lie PEARL HARBOR, BLACK HAWK DOWN is a lame and insulting excuse for American patriotism!

It takes place in Somalia in 1993, when the U.S. are aiding the starving country after dictator Mohammed Ahdid cut off their food supply. Eventually, the Army Rangers are called in to help, but when their chopper goes down (hence the title) they have to fight their way out. There Hartnett as Staff Sgt. Eversmann; Sizemore as Lt. Col. Danny McKnight; the terribly misused Ewan McGregor as Specialist Danny Grimes; and the skeletal, but always happy to see him, Sam Shepard as Maj. Gen. William Garrison. There are literally many others in the cast that I don’t care, I mean dare, to mention.

Based on the true story that was written from a novel by Mark Bowden, BLACK HAWK DOWN is a sometimes entertaining film, even though its negatives outweigh the positives by a large margin. There is plenty of locker room banter between the Rangers and good action scenes, plenty of blood and split body parts as well. Unfortuantely, there is no love; I don’t mean a love story, but rather the heart and soul that make a film work! BLACK HAWK DOWN lacks the poignant feeling that makes us, the audience, care for the characters’ predicament. In the end, it comes to a very head-scratching conclusion. What the hell were we doing in a place like this, much like Vietnam? This a perfect of why we should stay out of other countries and their affairs.

I commend Ridley Scott for his great direction and wish him luck at the Oscars.
Rating: 2 / 5

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