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Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

Cast: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana, Tom Sizemore, Jason Issacs   

Director: Ridley Scott

In October 1993, an elite team of Delta Force operative dropped into Mogadishu in Somalia for what was supposed to be a swift operation. The plan was to take out a couple of lieutenants of the Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid, who were holed up in a nearby building.

But in turns out they were expecting the Americans, and had a full military force ready and waiting to take them, plus many of the local civilians all took up arms against the Americans, bringing down two of their titular helicopters.

The Delta Force team found themselves pinned down from all directions and facing an increasingly desperate situation.

Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbour) plays the central soldier, with heavy support from Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge); Aussie Eric Bana (Hulk); Jason Issacs (Lucious Malfoy in the Harry Potter films); Tom Sizemore; William Fichtner and in a tiny, early role, Orlando Bloom.

Director Scott knows how to build tension - the combat scenes (which are basically the whole film) are brutal, tense and fast-paced. The film has been somewhat accurately described as the opening beach-storming scene of Saving Private Ryan stretched out to movie length. Scott also infuses the film with his trademark amber hues and fast cutting.

Despite the questionable politics of the events in the film, Black Hawk Down effectively conveys a stirring sense of military brotherhood and the whole "no man gets left behind" thing.

Of all the actors, Bana in particular shines, and its no surprise Hollywood came knocking on his door following this movie.

Trivia: Black Hawk Down was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Cinematography and Best Director.