'Black Hawk Down' Review By Ghostman

#4: "Nobody asks to be a hero, it just turns out that way"
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
Day two of our Top Five war films countdown is a hugely entertaining explosive action/adventure movie from the great Sir Ridley Scott. The world wide known director, and one of the most famous human beings on earth for being an influential filmmaker for changing the way we see film such as Bladerunner, Robin Hood, Alien, Gladiator, and his upcoming sc-fi drama Prometheus; gives us his vision of the true story that is Black Hawk Down.

When 123 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord, they find themselves in a desperate battle with a force of heavily-armed Somalis when one of their men's Black Hawk helicopter is shot down from an RPG. What was only going to take 30 minutes to do, turned into a nearly 3 day rescue mission.

Black Hawk Down is a pretty damn intense war movie. It's a dirty, gritty, action movie covered in sweat, blood, grime, and tears. Ridley Scott knows what he is doing, and he did his homework when it came to adapting one of the most griping war moments in the Battle of Mogadishu. Although some of it is fictionalized for "Hollywood entertainment" film purposes, it is faithful to Black Hawk Down: a Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden.

It was no surprise seeing how Black Hawk Down won Academy Awards for best editing and best sound as they had filmed 18 hours of combat in under 3 hours. The sound is absolutely outstanding! Watching BHD in 5.1 surround sound with the volume cranked up is a truly immersible experience unlike no other. The editing is top notch too. Even though the action doesn't start 'heating up' about an hour into the movie, it is quickly fast paced, but tends to get a bit slow at the two hour mark; but don't worry my follow Moviewebbers, the epic conclusion is an edge of your seat no holds barred action packed third act!

Are heroic team of Elite Soldiers consist of Star War's prequel trilogy's Obi-Wan, Ewan McGregor plays the desk clerk John Grimes. McGregor does a neat acting job, at being a realistic person who has a boring job working behind the desk rather than in the action. Then we have Shotgun Bank Manager from The Dark Knight, William Fichtner. Fichtner plays Delta Force SPC Jeff Sanderson. He doesn't speak much in the movie, but his acting is perfect to watch. Plus the Fantastic Four's very own Mr. Fantastic Ioan Gruffudd is also in this film, followed by Josh Hartnett and Harry Potter star, Jason Isaacs. Black Hawk Down is full of A-list actor's. I think it's safe to say that Ridley Scott chose a perfect cast.

Black Hawk Down provides us with a visceral action epic filled with loud gunfire, huge fiery explosions, true war heroes, and gives us more intense viewing entertainment than a Call of Duty game that you can shake an Xbox controller at. If you want a nonstop ride, then this is it! Ridley Scott knows how to make a movie, and he shows us how. Black Hawk Down gives Michael Bay a run for his money. So sit back, relax, and strap yourself in for an unreal military experience that just goes to show what real heroes are made of.


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  1. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I get what you mean. It's cool to hear you say that. Far too often people mistake quality filmmaking for what they like personally. I'm glad someone else realizes the difference between the two :)

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  2. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Ha ha, yeah.

    Hm, well, that's hard to say. I don't think I could watch that movie all over again, mainly because it was a boring movie, for me, at least. It was a great concept, and it was very, very interesting watching everything unfold and the transformation take place, but I oddly was not necessarily entertained by it.

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  3. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Yeah, those suck. They're more like jokes you'd find at the end of a popsicle stick than actual puns. I'm glad you liked mine, though.

    Anyway, I liked District 9, just not as much as you apparently. It's probably time I go back and watch it again. I've seen it twice, and currently have it 6th on my best of '09 list behind Basterds, A Serious Man, Hurt Locker, Up In the Air, and Up.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  4. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Agreed, but "District 9" was pretty darn close, in my opinion. It was freaking brilliant!

    You wanna know something sad? I really enjoyed that pun you made, so I tried looking up other great puns. I realized just how forced puns can be.


    Not only that, but there is a link to the right of the "funniest puns". A few of them were clever, but felt utterly contrived. It wouldn't have been a serious matter, if all of the "funniest" puns had not gotten 4/5-stars.

    I personally don't know how to rate a pun, but if that's the foundation, or even a close resemblance of how a pun should be rated - it's safe to say that yours would've gotten 5/5 from me.

    Follow that link, and let me know if it doesn't fit my humor, or if I probably didn't get a few a them, because I'm on the borderline of baffled.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  5. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Agreed. Basterds was head and shoulders above everything in '09, in my opinion. 62 is simply too old to get an accurate pulse (pun intended) on cinema.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  6. Nicholaus XX

    @ghostman -- Oh, I didn't mean it like that, man! If you loved it, feel free to place it at #1 -- that's none of my business. This is just my opinion on the movie, and I don't mean to be a big-mouth and spoil it for you.

    "The Hurt Locker" is a movie critics raved about and it received 97% on Rotten Tomatoes(by critics, of course). If anything, I'm the oddball out.

    @thedude-abides -- Who knows, I probably would've enjoyed it more if I watched it without knowing about all the praise, but I really just didn't get some of the dialogue and some of the scenes/scenarios that were added in that one.

    I try to block any of the criticism a movie receives before I personally watch it for myself. But, it's extremely difficult, because I'm frequently on rottentomatoes.com, along with IMDb.

    It's also great to hear that you appreciated "Inglourious Basterds" as much as I did. Too bad the seniors at the Academy hold a bias, nonsensical view on most movies in general. I mean, they have chosen some decent flicks as Best Picture, but some of the time, it just doesn't make any darn sense.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  7. thedude-abides

    @ghostman I believe Reitman won it, although it was obvious QT got robbed. Reitman himself even said it.

    But yeah, I thought the same thing about Cameron. I've also noticed the Academy has had a hard time of late separating the winner of best director from the winner best picture. Dating back to 2000, only 3 times did the winners of best picture and best director not go hand in hand (ridley scott/gladiator, rob marshall/chicago, ang lee/brokeback mountain).

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  8. SherlockHolmes2009

    nice review on a good war movie

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  9. Ghostman


    I thought that James Cameron would have won for Best Director, and that Best Picture would have gone to The Hurt Locker. Although Kathryn Bigelow did deserve to win for Best Director. The Academy tends to lean forward to the smaller lesser known films (Slumdog Millionaire, Hurt Locker,The Artist, etc;) I forgot did Inglourious Basterds win for Best Screenplay?

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  10. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Lol. You'll get no argument from me. We're pretty much in agreement on this.

    Those are valid points. I thought Hurt Locker was a fine film, just not Best Picture-worthy. I don't let the fact that it's overhyped and overpraised cloud my judgement of this or any other film (Scarface haters, cough cough). Like you, I thought Inglorious Basterds was the best movie in '09.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  11. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- In the year of "Inglourious Basterds" and "District 9", "The Hurt Locker" wins Best Picture. If that's not outrageous, I don't know what is.

    I loved the first 6-10 minutes, but after that, the movie fell apart. I'll refrain from continuing my rant unless you'd like to have this become a progressing debate like "Full Metal Jacket".

    Actually, I've got a few things to add, for @ghostman -- No problem, bud. Well, for starters, the acting was pretty bad/cheesy at times. Let's not forget the movie contained scenes that had no business being in there, like the scene where the guys get drunk, and the ***-damn sniper scene! I'll go into further detail a bit later, most likely.

    It was seemingly realistic, though.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  12. Ghostman

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Thanks for your compliments, but how come you didn't "like" The Hurt Locker? it was so much more intense then any other summer blockbuster movie released that year *cough-Revenge of the Fallen-cough*; and the most realistic war movie I've ever seen.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  13. thedude-abides

    @dan1 Lol. I had forgotten about that until now.

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I don't abhor it, but I didn't think it was the best movie of the year in '09. One of the best, certainly. But it won a lot of awards it had no business winning.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  14. Nicholaus XX

    @ghostman -- Really good review, by the way.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  15. Nicholaus XX

    @ghostman -- Eh, wow! "The Hurt Locker" is not only in your list, but in the top-three? Don't mind me.

    @thedude-abides -- I guess I'm one of the only people that nearly abhors "The Hurt Locker", is this case.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  16. justincase

    This was EXCELLENT. One of my favorites of all time. Highly watchable and one you can catch again and again.

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  17. K.Guy

    @ghostman I posted a comment.

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  18. Ghostman

    @kguy what about Full Metal Jacket, did you predict that one too?

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  19. K.Guy


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  20. Dan

    @ghostman@thedude-abides@narrator Everything was great about this movie except Jason Isaac's fake ass American military cowboy accent. Goddamn it was awful :P (and hilarious)

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  21. ChiRep_1

    @ghostman All I'm saying is Saving Private Ryan better be one of them. :)

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  22. thedude-abides

    @ghostman Lol. Looking forward seeing what that one is.

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  23. Ghostman

    @thedude-abides Dammit! you guessed them all, except I'm not telling you the order they'll be in, nor will I say what the "Bonus War Hero" movie is going to be.

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  24. thedude-abides

    @ghostman Apocalypse Now, Saving Private Ryan, and... Any hints? Is it the Hurt Locker?

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  25. Ghostman

    Thank you guys, can't wait to hear what you think of my next three!

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  26. thedude-abides

    Very nice. I had a feeling this would be on your list.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  27. the Narrator

    Loved this film man. Fantastic editing, score, cinematography, everything. A military epic.

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  28. ChiRep_1

    Good choice, great review.

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