Black Hawk Down (2001)
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Ken Nolan, Mark Bowden
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Kim Coates, Ewen Bremner, Eric Bana, Hugh Dancy, William Fick Jenner / Orlando Bloom / Tom Hardy / Jason Isaacs
Genre: Action / War / History
Region: US / UK
Language: English / Arabic
Released: 2001-12-18 (USA)
Length: 144 minutes / 142 minutes (Germany) / 152 minutes (extended version)
Also known as: Black Hawk 15 Hours (Hong Kong) / Black Hawk Project (Taiwan) / Black Hawk Landing
Rating: IMDB 7.7 / Rotten Tomatoes 77%
In 1992, years of tribal wars destroyed the mountains and rivers of the East African country Somalia, and the people were in dire straits. The resulting famine caused 300,000 deaths. Mohammad Farah Aidid, the dictator who controls the capital Mogadishu, robbed the relief supplies of international organizations, which aroused public outrage in the world. The maddened Aidid declared war on the international peacekeeping organization, and the United States sent 160 special forces members to Mogadishu to overthrow the Aidid regime.
This group of enthusiastic soldiers is full of confidence, but the war has fallen into a stalemate due to insufficient intelligence collection. In an operation to hunt down two senior officials of the Aidid regime, the special forces were stubbornly resisted by the Somali militia. The two sides launched a fierce confrontation in the city center. A US Black Hawk helicopter was attacked and crashed into the urban area, and the crew was in danger. In order to rescue their companions, a small group of special forces soldiers went deep into the tiger’s den. In the next 15 hours, they experienced the most unimaginable Shura field in the world…
“Black Hawk Down” is a war film released in 2001, directed by Ridley Scott and starring an ensemble cast that includes Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana, and Tom Hardy. The film is based on the book “Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War” by Mark Bowden, which chronicles the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia.
The film depicts the events of the battle, where U.S. Army Rangers and Delta Force soldiers were sent into Mogadishu to capture key lieutenants of the Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. The mission goes awry when two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, leaving the American soldiers trapped in the city and fighting for their lives against a large Somali militia.
“Black Hawk Down” is known for its intense and realistic portrayal of modern urban warfare, as well as its depiction of the bravery and sacrifice of the American soldiers involved in the battle. The film received critical acclaim for its direction, cinematography, and performances, and was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning two for Best Film Editing and Best Sound.
Overall, “Black Hawk Down” is regarded as a powerful and visceral war film that offers a harrowing look at the realities of modern combat.