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Black Hawk Down

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Caleb Ellis

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Images from Shutterstock.com Black Hawk Down Trailer Plot Summary Historical Background Information About the movie It was released world wide on January 18, 2002
Directed by Ridley Scott
Running time was 144 minutes
Language English
Budget $92 million
Box office $172,989,651
The film won two Oscars for Best Film Editing and Best Sound at the 74th Academy Awards
The film was received positively by American film critics, but was strongly criticized by Somalis. Black Hawk Down By: Caleb Ellis Black Hawk Down is a Action and war drama based on the best-selling book detailing a mission gone wrong in Somalia on October 3, 1993.
On this mission nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers, commanded by Capt. Mike Steele, were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord.
This lead to a large firefight between the US Rangers and Delta force against hundreds of Somali gunmen, leading to the destruction of two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters.
This film focuses on the heroic efforts of the Ranger and Delta forces to get to the downed black hawks, centering on Sgt. Eversmann, leading the Ranger unit Chalk Four to the first black hawk crash site, Warrant Officer Durant who was captured after being the only survivor of the second black hawk crash, as well as many others who were involved. Ridley Scott Starring Josh Hartnett Stg. Eversmann In January 1991, the Somalia's President, Mohammed Siad Barre, was overthrown in the civil war by a coalition of opposing clans.
The nation of Somalia was later divided into two armed factions: one led by Ali Mahdi Muhammad, who became president, and the other by Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
The war between the two factions led to the destruction of the Somalia's agriculture, which in turn led to starvation in large parts of the country.
The international communities began to send food supplies to try and stop the starvation, but majority of the food (80%) were stolen and brought to local clan leaders of Mohamed Farrah Aidid, who exchanged it with other countries for weapons. An estimated 300,000 people died and another 1.5 million people suffered between 1991 and 1992.
In a effort to stop this, on October 3, 1993 the UN sent the US Rangers and Delta Force to capture the local clan leaders, and allow the Somalians to receive their food. This mission was only suppose to last less than an hour, but instead two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter were shot down. The mission quickly turned into a battle overnight to secure and recover the crews of both helicopters, it finally ended on October 4, 1993.
The battle resulted in 18 U.S. deaths, 80 wounded, and 1 helicopter pilot captured, and an estimate between 1,500 and 3,000 Somali casualties. Historical Inaccuracies Black Hawk Down was a very biased movie, only showing the US and UN forces point of view, there was not one scene from the Somalian commanding side.
The people of Somalia were portrayed horribly in the movie. The movie made all the people of Somalia seem like killing machines. While in reality the only people involved in this mission were rebel militiamen that were killing Somali citizens as well.
"This isn't Iraq, you know," says one officer. "Much more complicated than that." One of the officers in Black Hawk Down said this line, this is inaccurate because the US did not go in Iraq until 2001 and Black Hawk Down is based in 1993.
The movie was Filmed in the US because the director felt that it would be too dangerous to film in Somalia.
In the movie Sgt. Eversmann stays in the fight throughout the whole movie but in reality he returns to base with his convoy during the day with the prisoners.
The language that they used in the film was incorrect. Clip 3: Somali citizens! Historical Accuracies The MH-6 Little Bird scout helicopters did make strafing runs throughout the night to hold off the swarms of militia so the US forces didn't get overran by Somalian militia.
All of the actors represented real soldiers that were involved in the battle.
It accurately showed how many of them were killed and injured.
Todd Blackburn known as Pvt. Blackburn in the movie was the first to be harmed in the actual battle, after missing the rope then falling out of the Black Hawk Helicopter. Clip 1: Strafe Runs Clip 3: Private Blackburn Rating For historical Accuracy I gave Black Hawk Down a 4.5/5. The facts, events, and the numbers in the movie were very accurate, but not perfect and having some small inaccuracies worth pointing out.
For entertainment purposes I gave Black Hawk Down 4.5/5. Black Hawk Down was an excellent movie with tons of actions throughout the whole movie, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys action packed movies with some history behind them.

Overall I rated it a 9/10
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