Gritty and realistic as hell but yeah, it kinda glorifies war. But so does many films released before and after this one. But this film really puts you out there and never lets you down (only the Black Hawk is. ha). The viewer is stuck as a mere helpless observant of everything. It is a terrifying spectacle of action with a well developed cast of characters. The chaos is beautifully directed by Scott.
When Scott pits the Americans and Somalis in a room to talk, it starts to elevate itself. However, it goes back to being a not bad, but pretty standard war movie. Even though there were good moments (Orland Bloom falling out of a helicopter, the soldier that becomes deaf), it wasn't as harrowing as it could be. I wish they would've dramatized the dragging the soldiers through the streets.
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 cinematography is solid, visually impressive, great music and sound. It's a decent action/war film, however, about halfway it starts to drag a bit, especially the fighting scenes. Classic American heroes killing the bad guys scenario, well... in this particular case it's Delta Force vs men in flip flops + AK-47 supported by women and children and also a few Toyota pickup trucks. K/D: 1000-19: result!
No blacks (only one and no main character) in US troops? What the hell? You even got two brits and one australian actor portraying american patriots. Said that, it's a very bad and superficial war movie, seems like some script that came out of the game Call of Duty safra. Three stars only for the electrifying battle scenes and the cinematography. With a budget like this one, something got to work it out...
I would say lay aside the obvious unpalatable American patriotism bigotted blend that whirls through this movie, but I won't! Nonetheless, the action sequences are acutely well shot and drip with Scott's undeniable technical and visual prowess. Great ensemble cast - Bana and McGregor in particular.
2.5 stars. no US movie about war without pathos, that makes me wanna puke (the music, the speaches and soooo on). all the pretty white boys and ONE black US soldier.. well at least he lived in the end. however, the movie shows the catastrophic and horrible mess that is war. makes you think about arms exports a lot...
Truly dreadful: acting, score, dialogue, racism. Expensive, crass, gung-ho filmmaking. The opening montage of colour-tinted famine to grand music sets the tone. The American Heroes are clones; the Somalis cannon fodder. This steals 'Saving Private Ryan's visual style, but has none of that film's intelligence, ambiguity, emotion or character. BHD is about killing as many bad guys as possible, while yelling cliches.
Like Zulu all over again; Africans reduced to nameless hordes while the plucky allies go down like heroes to a stirring musical score. Its historical fact is just an excuse to revel in military hardware and the tearing of flesh. We do it for each other they say, losing sight of everything.
Exquisitely produced film about an absolutely disastrous military mission, which seeks to demonstrate the nobility of struggling to survive against the odds, finding heroism for the soldiers despite the pointless deaths of their colleagues. If you find that a compelling movie synopsis, may have reason to question your critical faculties. They say, "No man left behind," - but humanity gets entirely discarded instead.