An ambivalent and problematic film. It wants to be an anti-war film but works with the vocabulary of the war film using perfect choreographed action sequences and more. Sound and music are based on the typical genre sound signatures and tell us about the pathos of soldierly heroism. The anti-war mood is reserved for moments with melancholic used ethnical sound elements and emotionalized pictures in bluish light.
The action drives narrative beats. Despite cross-cutting between arenas of conflict over a long time with many different characters, editing keeps everything logical and you can follow what's going on. The cast is a who's who of early millennium male actors. With weirdly beautiful shots, Ridley shows up his brother by proving that an action movie can be exciting and dynamic without being cut to shit. --PolarisDiB
a really fantastic piece of film. the respect and love which went into the memory of this event is clear. the acting and script are both first class, and the dark world view goes against the cliches which plague war movies so often. the ending prevent the film from becoming a masterpiece, but with a superb cast, this movie is one of the best presentations of modern war.
It's too long by a fair margin and, bizarrely, the stakes lower as the mayhem intensifies. Still, there's a straightforward bravado and kineticism to the filmmaking that I deeply respect. It's impressive to think of the effect this must have had on the AAA gaming industry.
The dreadful first 40 minutes, hideous portrayal of Somalis, awful dialogue and terrible accents from the sizeable British contingent suggest to me that this is probably an appalling film. But when there was shooting going on, this was a terrific war action film.