Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down
conveys the raw, chaotic urgency of ground-force battle in a worst-case scenario. With exacting detail, the film re-creates the American siege of the Somalian city of Mogadishu in October 1993, when a 45-minute mission turned into a 16-hour ordeal of bloody urban warfare. Helicopter-borne U.S. Rangers were assigned to capture key lieutenants of Somali warlord Muhammad Farrah Aidid, but when two Black Hawk choppers were felled by rocket-propelled grenades, the U.S. soldiers were forced to fend for themselves in the battle-torn streets of Mogadishu, attacked from all sides by armed Aidid supporters. Based on author Mark Bowden's bestselling account of the battle, Scott's riveting, action-packed film follows a sharp ensemble cast in some of the most authentic battle sequences ever filmed. The loss of 18 soldiers turned American opinion against further involvement in Somalia, but Black Hawk Down
makes it clear that the men involved were undeniably heroic. --Jeff Shannon
Black Hawk Down
is the action packed true harrowing account of US Military action in Mogadishu, Somalia. As part of a UN Peacekeeping force, a group of elite US soldiers undertake a mission to abduct several top lieutenants of a Somalian warlord to stop the civil war that has been tearing the country apart. The carefully planned mission goes terribly wrong, resulting in the US military's single biggest firefight since Vietnam. From famed action producer Jerry Bruckheimer and acclaimed action director Ridley Scott.