Black Hawk Down

Movies from Film Forum, 01/24/02Director Ridley Scott has proven he can create thought-provoking genre classics (Alien, Blade Runner), mediocre star vehicles (G.I. Jane, White Squall) and perverse commercial products (Hannibal). Black Hawk Down is his latest splashy release, an intense war drama about the 1993 United States raid on Somalia. We watch an Élite American squad of soldiers (including Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, and Sam Shepard) plunge into civilian territories to abduct two warlords. The mission goes awry. Some critics believe the movie does too.Religious press critics find it more exhausting than exhilarating. "War is hell. If you don't believe that, try sitting through this movie," says Phil Boatwright (The Movie Reporter). "It's a good actioner, with fine performances,...

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Jan 1st 2002
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