Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down
  • 2002
  • 2h 24min
  • Directed by: Ridley Scott

Scott's war movie, based on the book by Mark Bowden, dramatises the 1993 battle in Mogadishu between US ground forces and Somali militia, recasting what was essentially a military disaster as a tale of American heroism. It's a one-sided, jingoistic view of the events, playing to the American public in the wake of 11 September. Technically, it's a remarkable, graphic re-enactment of modern urban warfare. Yet, although we're clearly expected to be appalled, two full hours of orchestrated carnage ultimately comes across as voyeuristic.

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