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Black Hawk Down (English)
Smriti Kashyap / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
6.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
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NA
NA
NA
NA
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Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
Somalia, 1992. The land is torn apart in civil strife as warring landlords cause widespread destruction and famine on a biblical scale. The international aid agencies' food supplies are being usurped by reigning warlord Mohammed Farrah Aidid, and in order to get rid of the scum, the US Special Forces are brought in to restore calm.

Or at least the opening credits seem to believe so. 'Cos that wasn't me in the last paragraph, but the filmmaker carefully drawing up the lines so that we see just what he intended us to see and nothing more. Clever deal, come to think of it - the typical mid-afternoon dose of Americana just to spunk up things a bit. Heck, who are we to argue? We'll just go with the flow.

Only, going with the flow leads nowhere either, as at the end of the movie you've seen nothing much but the opening of the movie:

Scene 1: battlefield
Scene 1,359: battlefield
Scene 4,556,372,768: the end (battlefield)

But I guess it would be pretty kookie to expect anything more from a war movie - unless, of course, it's Pearl Harbor ...or even Asoka!

Well, like I said, it's just 1992-93, a time when all we were doing was playing regular visits to the cavity fillers and braces fixers. The Special Forces in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, are trying hard to control the local warlord. The elite Delta forces and army rangers, along with their teams of Teddy Boy Tom Cruises (pretty young white boys), come up with a half-baked plan to extract badass leader Aidid.

In the midst of the organized chaos of some great camera sweeps, time stamps and some really cool music, we almost fail to take note of the Black Hawk Chopper that gets shot in the rump. Now that it finally has our attention, we spend the next 133 minutes trying to deal with the antics of the rescue team that is sent to rescue the other rescue team that had been sent to rescue the chopper pilots (wheeze!).

It's a mad scramble full of zipping bullets, exploding bullets, charging tanks and bullets and stuff. The body count rises dramatically from 1 to 9,534,734,724,628,732, and the screen fills up with body parts of assorted sizes and colors as we are drawn into the horrors of war. Saving Private Ryan looks like chicken feed now!

Anyway, the movie doesn't waste any time on characters or emotions, except for a motley crew of morons on the rescue team who seem more like The Three Stooges in Mogadishu rather than The Three Musketeers.

Bam, bam and more bam later, its chop, chop, chop, drag, scream and explode, bam, bam, bam and a final bam convincing you that this flick is a big time shoot-'em-up flick. With big time blood and guts spraying everywhere, you'll emerge feeling like you've just majorly battled it out with the evil forces.

Random scenes of nothing but the battle fill the time gap between the start and the end of the flick, and unless you're low on testosterone and need a refill, there is pretty much no educated reason why anyone should see this flick.

There is one memorable moment, though, when a soldier comes across a disembodied hand and stuffs it in his pack. Unfortunately the hand rifled through the pack and made off with two bars of Snickers and a pack of fags!

Well, now that the best part is out, d'ya still wanna catch the flick?
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Sam on 6th Apr 2002, 12:46am | Permalink
Its a well executed movie...atleast the reviewer could have appreciated the technical brilliance of the maker
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10
Anoop Salver on 4th Apr 2002, 12:30am | Permalink
I think the movie was excellent. I think the reviewer doesn't have appreciation of bravery. The guys were young and sent to a place where they don't belong. The local warlords were high on drugs and were shooting like crazy. And they say Osama was not far from where this went on. This is the war US accepted as lost war. Hats off to the brave men and women who give up their lives so that we don't have to live in fear.
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10
Kiran Nadella on 3rd Apr 2002, 11:22am | Permalink
This film is based on the novel "Black Hawk Down": A Story of Modern War, by Mark Bowden, which tells the true story of the Oct. 3, 1993, Battle of Mogadishu during the Somalian Civil War. This battle was the longest sustained ground attack involving American soldiers since the Vietnam War. The mission to abduct two of Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's lieutenants was designed to take 60 minutes but ended up lasting 15 hours. The attack resulted in two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters being shot down and the deaths of 18 Americans and hundreds of Somalians.
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8
Wouldn't You Like To Know! on 2nd Apr 2002, 12:47pm | Permalink
Holy shit! your critic is kick-ass! i luv readin' her reviews...keep up the nice work smriti. :)

Oh yeah...about the movie...yeah, it sucked pretty bad.
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4
Zach Nimboorkar on 2nd Apr 2002, 3:45am | Permalink
After watching Bollywood/Tollywood movies filled with nothing but Garbage and irritating song's every 5 minutes. It was nice to watch a well Directed movie despite of all the bam bam chop chop chop. I think this movie had a good story that most Indian will not understand or know about. keep in mind this movie has won an Oscar Award.
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10
Abc XYZ on 31st Mar 2002, 9:26am | Permalink
did u ever like any movie???
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10
Canon on 30th Mar 2002, 2:36pm | Permalink
the movie is damn stupid. correct article
RATING
4
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