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Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

2001
Drama
Action
2h 24m
123 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis. (imdb)
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Black Hawk Down

2001
Drama
Action
2h 24m
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Rated 02 Feb 2008
1
10th
Negro zombie attack! No motive is necessary for these Negro zombies as they assail our heroes. Why should they have a motive? America rules!
Rated 10 Jan 2010
16
9th
I liked how at the end it went "19 Americans died. Oh, and a few thousand Somalis but who's counting them?" Also dug the casual shitting on the U.N. troops who in reality saved them.
Rated 26 Dec 2006
45
12th
Peow! Boom! "GO GO GO!" BOOM! "BLACK HAWK DOWN!" "STOP SHOUTING" "I CAN'T!!!!!!"" Imagine a sensitive account of complicated politics in Africa involving a military defeat for the USA and a complete reworking of US foreign policy. Now scrap all the thinking bit and turn it into almost computer game footage of SHIT BLOWING UP. And them sneaky Africans shooting at OUR BOYS. Then despair at Hollywood, rinse and repeat.
Rated 18 Nov 2007
10
6th
Again the United States do not lose the opportunity for demonstrating his ideological hypocrisy.
Rated 05 Nov 2007
94
97th
An excellent action film done only as Ridley Scott can. It's relentless once the action starts. I think one of Bana's final lines completely sums up the tone of the film. "It's about the man beside you." And that's all the movie's about. It's not out to make a political statement. It's goal is to show you soldiers in a modern war setting and it completely succeeds.
Rated 02 Mar 2007
64
45th
Good battle scenes, but there's nothing else. It also has a pretty mediocre script, including many corny lines.
Rated 01 Sep 2014
70
65th
If all you watched was modern warfare movies you'd think helicopters were the least reliable means of transportation available. Between this, Zero Dark Thirty and Lone Survivor, I'm starting to think Jan-Michael Vincent was a fraud.
Rated 23 Mar 2011
4
0th
A zombie flick featuring actual humans. Sickening, and absolutely irresponsible
Rated 03 Apr 2010
60
85th
It delivers a mixed experience, even, you might say, a mixed message: harrowing yet spectacular action, unglamorous yet gorgeous, rugged yet slick. The director is Scott, so the spectacular, the gorgeous, the slick are givens; the harrowing, the unglamorous, and the rugged must be counted as bonuses, neither to be taken for granted nor taken lightly. (The damage done to the bodies of some of the soldiers goes well beyond indignity.)
Rated 22 Mar 2008
45
15th
AMERIKKKA
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
61st
A very well-made war film that's accurate historically as well as being true to the experience of the soldiers who lived through the event itself.
Rated 02 Feb 2009
6
56th
Being too loud to be a total snorefest, this movie desperately needs a director's cut containing only the two Black Hawk crashes and ~20 minutes of highlights from the occasionally breathtaking action sequences. Mr. Bruckheimer can keep the completely uninteresting overall conflict and the hollow characters for something more appropriate - possibly a collaboration with Mr. Bay. Btw, dear Mr. Zimmer, there was no need to fill a movie by Mr. Scott with outtakes from a movie by Mr. Malick.
Rated 30 Nov 2007
90
90th
Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of soldiers fighting to stay alive after a plan gone terribly wrong. The only character truly "visible" in this film belongs to Josh Hartnett who gives perspective in the heat of battle. It's a tear jerker, emotionally draining, and moves at such a pace that it brings the audience to the battle. But what it does most of all is tell a story that needs to be told, about how the worst in mankind can sometimes bring out the best in men.
Rated 21 May 2011
5
5th
As ok as this one looks as a movie I am sickened by the justification attempts of American terror on world. I guess I am supposed to be sorry for the 19 American soldiers who died and be happy that they killed a thousand Somalians: I guess I am supposed to believe that those soldiers was sent there to deliver food and peace and umm.. democracy too may be? To teach them savage natives the ways of humanity?? Fuck off, will ya...
Rated 09 Mar 2010
75
55th
You couldn't ask for much more from this type of film. The action is thick and fast, and yet the film still finds time to be touching, tragic and thoughtful. A carefully poised, well executed action flick.
Rated 13 Jun 2015
50
17th
The movie flounders on the fact that the real life incident it's based on doesn't seem that glorious. The "bad guys" don't have enough stature to make this a real confrontation. The greatest military in the world faces off against a third world militia, loses 18 guys and leaves a small city's worth of body bags behind them? Woo hoo! America, Fuck Yeah! You might as well try making a movie about Zap Brannigan's defeat of the Retiree people of the Assisted Living Nebula.
Rated 03 May 2014
25
7th
Barbarians defeat humans on Planet Teal.
Rated 02 May 2007
90
86th
Easily Ridley Scott's best film. Harrowing military adventure that turns into a nightmare. You won't forget this one anytime soon
Rated 04 Jul 2008
100
77th
Probably my all time favorite war film... For those who might think BHD went hollywood with the graphic display of fighting, explosions, etc., one would only need to research the actual accounts from those who survived this mission. Great film....
Rated 22 Sep 2008
94
80th
Very good war movie. Surpringly moving.
Rated 04 Feb 2007
65
30th
Good battle scenes, but the movie didn't make a very strong impression on me.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
68th
One of the most realistic depictions of combat ever put on the screen.
Rated 26 May 2021
56
9th
Not recommended unless you like 2h30m of gunshots.
Rated 28 Jan 2010
88
75th
the athmosphere, that is created, is probably the deepest ive ever seen in movies about modern war (WWII not included, ofcourse). it really makes you think.
Rated 09 Oct 2007
30
4th
Propaganda
Rated 22 Jul 2009
60
29th
A pro-US look at the war in Somalia.
Rated 29 Nov 2008
50
18th
Great action scenes, but they end up wearing out their welcome after a while and the long running time doesn't help with that. The depiction of Somalians is disgustingly one-sided and villainizes them in a borderline jingoistic way, and all of the characters look like each other so it's hard to tell who's who. Not something I'd like to watch again.
Rated 27 Feb 2021
6
34th
(2nd viewing) It's a Jerry Bruckheimer production with an average shot length of less than 3 seconds, so the human angle was bound to be lacking, despite Scott's best (read: misguided) intentions. Great cast and obviously well-made but I lost interest fairly quickly once the action kicked in.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
50
24th
Just an average war movie.
Rated 01 Jul 2013
61
16th
The action is terrific. The characters are cardboard cut-outs. The role of non-American forces in the battle is reduced to that of glorified bus drivers. Somalis are unanimously vilified, portrayed in an almost racist and jingoistic fashion. All in all, it's pretty much in line with what you'd expect from a third-rate American war film. Only that this one happens to have very high production values and an ensemble cast. It's still third-rate.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
65
45th
It might have helped if I could remember a single character or something about them. A lot of shooting and yelling and explosions but really lacking in character development.
Rated 31 Oct 2007
92
67th
Great reliving of the hell that happend in Mogadishu
Rated 26 Jun 2018
61
46th
Technically a well made film, it's just a little too much ra-ra-usa for me. This is a great movie to watch if you have a kick-ass home theater. When the bullets start whizzing by you it's quite amazing, and the chopper scenes are really cool as well.
Rated 17 Jan 2009
67
71st
While it certainly puts on a good performance and, mainly thanks to some good direction, displays the chaos of war well I can't help but feel it lacks substance behind all the booming explosions. For a start the portrayal of the Americans as heroes against barbaric savages is heavily emphisised, something which is certainly not entirely true. Although this might not have captured my imagination as I expected it to, excepting the "left behind" aspect, it's still a film worthy of recommendation.
Rated 16 Feb 2010
10
7th
The Glorious White Race save the Slavering Hoarde from their slavering ways, mostly with bullets.
Rated 02 Sep 2010
60
25th
This is a war movie that sets out to be a lot of gunfire with little backstory towards the nature of US involvement in Somalia and little motivating details for why the Somali's defended their presence with such fierce aggression. Here there is one human force liberating a country full of barbarians. Whether this is an attitude of war is questionable, but it shouldn't be applauded when it makes it into a film. War movies are supposed to have matured beyond evil Nazis, Commies etc. etc.
Rated 26 Mar 2007
77
69th
After repeated viewings of this movie, and being able to recognize the characters amid the chaos of this story, I can honestly say that this is a solid film. Maybe not as good as the non-fiction book by Bowden, but solid.
Rated 19 Nov 2009
40
28th
Equal parts "Give this to my mother... ", "Get me back in there" coupled with war aesthetics from another world, makes this for American war propaganda at it's most "seen before". If you MUST watch it, enjoy the almost zombie-like moments, when the coloured mob attacks and kills stranded chopper-pilots.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
0
0th
Killing innocent civilians makes you a hero. For reals.
Rated 27 Mar 2007
40
24th
Even mindless propaganda doesn't get more dimensionless than this, yet technically incredible. Call of Duty:MW 2 rips almost every scene from here.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
98th
A must see for war movie fans.
Rated 13 Mar 2010
70
56th
This has some great urban firefight scenes and action set pieces but it has nearly zero substance outside of that. It manages to flag wave despite the whole "military as a pointless meatgrinder" theme which weakens any weight the film might have had. Overall it's a decent action movie but don't expect anything profound aside from cool delta force sniper and helicopter insertion scenes.
Rated 26 Jan 2007
70
34th
It's brutal and it really happened. I got pretty tired of all the gunfighting and the movie slowly started losing it's edge after about halfway through.
Rated 18 Jan 2009
85
94th
I was blown away by the action. It's been a decade since I've seen it, and I'm thinking that upon a rewatch I'd probably have a bit of a problem with how Ridley Scott presents war as well-choreographed entertainment.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
46th
Once the action starts, it doesn't let up. This movie will really make you hate Somalians. USA! USA! USA!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
93rd
Read the book and watch the movie again!
Rated 12 Aug 2008
90
79th
Amazing and brutal potrayal of war, and captures it perfectly.
Rated 09 Mar 2013
82
39th
Ridley Scott probably realized that this would be low on character development, so he decided to make the film longer. Black Hawk Down's acting is good (at times) and it's an excellent look at war.
Rated 25 Sep 2016
70
58th
You could redub all mentions of the Somalis to the Americans calling them zombies and without changing a single scene have a zombie movie. Although most zombies have more humanizing characteristics than the Somalis got here. But who am i to nitpick about that and American hero worship when i love a damn good pulse pounding action film. Scott determines to gives us a slice of life at war and brings us as close as cinema can get. Hardy and his buddy were great comedic relief.
Rated 11 Jun 2007
85
73rd
Extremely well shot and paced, the confusing nature of conflict comes through, but the main message seems to get lost in all the horror of the incident.
Rated 04 Dec 2008
70
58th
Scary, harrowing, suspenseful.
Rated 25 Jun 2020
80
51st
Epic scenes in comparison to other films of this nature, lacking in the fundamental need to have a character worthy of a truly emotional and engaging action plot. While it doesn't create the atmosphere and tension like other films because there are zero memorable aspects to the characters and the way they are portrayed. Loses points for massively failing to give me a character worthy of resonating with.
Rated 12 Oct 2009
65
58th
If you can stomach the many war movie clichés and some rancid dialogue, this is a thrilling and intense experience. And if you want to enlist in the army after watching it, you need your head checked. Also: Even though it almost drowns underneath the constant gunshots and explosions, this is one of Zimmer's best scores.
Rated 11 Jul 2009
2
10th
How what is essentially a two hour gun battle could be as boring as dirt just amazes me.
Rated 03 Dec 2008
100
65th
This is REALLY a great expose on the Black Hawk Down incedent, as well as War itself. I am not an expert on either, but I know good film, when I see it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
72
19th
The sound of constant gunfire and not much else.
Rated 02 Jul 2009
78
63rd
Exciting and rousing, but with basically no characterization, even to the point where it becomes hard to tell who is who. Still though, the direction is fantastic and gripping.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
73rd
Nice realistic telling of a war story.
Rated 18 Nov 2012
98
97th
Wow. Just wow.
Rated 11 Feb 2009
30
4th
Poor, noisy and badly told. No identification anywhere - nor any interest or human interest in the somalis.
Rated 21 Nov 2009
95
94th
Amazing film! Fantastic picture quality.
Rated 05 Dec 2010
80
89th
Black Hawk Down doesn't have well-developed characters, but it doesn't need them. You will care for the group of soldiers as a group because of this. The film is mostly an action one, but it manages to stir enough emotions to work really well. The soundtrack helps set the mood, and all of the violence is done with purpose. It's a very good war film that shows us how bad things can actually get.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
64th
Skillful
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
77th
Politics aside, the movie it self is great.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
52nd
A very compelling war film with true-to-life combat scenes, and an incredible sequence when the Black Hawk does in fact go "down"...
Rated 10 Feb 2008
70
34th
Might watch it again!
Rated 10 Nov 2008
80
39th
If you ignore the fact that its true and that over 1000 Somalis and something like 15 Americans died during the events depicted, its a good war movie. Lots of gunfire and patriotism. Thrilling and tense.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
25th
I love war movies, but this one didn't hit home for me. Not a bad watch, but not something I would bother purchasing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
17th
Too loud and repetitive.
Rated 17 Feb 2009
85
75th
Intense from the get-go. This movie is well made, but a bit of an emotional tour de force to get through.
Rated 23 Dec 2013
76
50th
Though it's light on character development and cultural empathy, Black Hawk Down is a visceral, pulse-pounding portrait of war, elevated by Ridley Scott's superb technical skill.
Rated 08 Jul 2017
6
42nd
Basically a 2 hour battle scene with cardboard cut-outs for characters and plenty of US military propaganda. Nice action and soundtrack though.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
3
3rd
Blegh.
Rated 15 May 2008
84
40th
Bad dialogue and story, but the action is intense.
Rated 31 Mar 2014
90
39th
Decent action flick that covers the events surrounding 'black hawk down' fairly faithfully. The action scenes are intense and Ridley Scott does a decent job of conveying the time period in which the battle took place. The major fault of this film is it's portrayal of Somalis, who were mainly seen as aggressive hordes akin to something in a zombie flick. That said, it's still an entertaining war film and worth checking out.
Rated 18 Aug 2009
89
92nd
Great war movie. Gritty and tough. A must see. Be sure to check out DVD extras.
Rated 31 May 2007
91
88th
extremely entertaining and masterfully directed
Rated 03 Sep 2011
76
53rd
Although it's a basic in-the-battlefield movie consisting of just about one scenario, it's a far more harrowing and nihilistic war-film than you'd expect. Finds a good middle-ground between not glorifying this war, but not diluting the heroism of the soldiers.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
94th
this will hit u like a ton of bricks..cant believe i took so long to see it
Rated 01 Jun 2008
87
75th
I liked it, pretty tense.
Rated 01 Jun 2008
65
3rd
too much violence without a very good context
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
67th
NIce job of telling a true story.
Rated 26 Nov 2019
60
9th
This is imperialist propaganda
Rated 20 Nov 2011
80
18th
A good Hollywood war movie - action, drama, etc.
Rated 03 Aug 2007
78
42nd
Incredibly visceral filmmaking but pretty much worthless outside a giant theater. Gunshots from the TV screen just aren't the same.
Rated 17 Sep 2008
68
94th
Intens og grufuld
Rated 23 Aug 2022
10
2nd
It was an unnecessary nationalism shooting fest.
Rated 06 Oct 2009
45
22nd
Dull. Action alone cannot make an entertaining movie. Sorry.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
65th
very good
Rated 14 Aug 2007
69
51st
It's too long and none of the characters are truly distinct (and not in The Thin Red Line-like good way), but the film is raw and it's a fascinating glimpse at a battle we hear very little about.
Rated 30 Oct 2022
7
88th
I watched this ~20 years ago on DVD, and for the longest time I had this rated as just okay. I remember thinking it suffered from poor editing/shaky cam/the rest of the bad combat movie symptoms. I just watched it again (2h31m51s version), and I have no idea why I thought all that. The directing/editing/story were great. This is like a serious version of Starship Troopers. The action is pure battle porn. Makes me wonder what else I need to rewatch from 20 years ago.
Rated 12 Jan 2015
77
72nd
It's all about the action in this one. Chaotic and intense scenes of urban warfare with a powerful atmosphere of nihilism & chaos on the ground. It's kind of like Saving Private Ryan without the cheesy sentimentality. Cloud use some characterization though and it's a bit too hackneyed in terms of everything else than the action.
Rated 22 Nov 2009
72
43rd
I think the movie sums up nicely the picture of a modern battlefield and soldiers on the front lines. The shooting was great, as was the music. However, I must admit that the story was lacking on some occasions, and I believe on some parts, it still looks like a recruitment clip for US military (obviously not to a heavy degree, but still). But it's a good shooting war movie, and it fulfilled my expectations to that.
Rated 29 Apr 2009
2
40th
Puke.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
28th
Good war flick.
Rated 03 Jan 2010
60
55th
It's all about propaganda.
Rated 04 Jul 2012
95
67th
Read the book first.
Rated 03 Dec 2008
25
10th
PV
Rated 28 Apr 2009
40
14th
Maybe there's a good movie under all the shaky cam bullshit
Rated 24 Feb 2007
70
24th
A long drawn out movie based on a true story that really isn't worth telling. The viewer feels as thought they wasted an hour to see nothing truly accomplished.

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