Sunday, May 10, 2009

Black Hawk Down

Ridley Scott has outdone himself!! The movie is about the American invasion of Somalia. It is kind of like the Bollywood movie L.O.C. A vast and varied cast has worked hard to make the movie look realistic. However just like almost every American war movie, it idolizes the 'American war effort'.

The cinematography is spectacular, the angles are amazing. The movie is about an attempt made to capture Mohammed Farah Aidid a local warlord causing civil unrest. The American troops were deployed to arrest him after reports of over 300,000 deaths came in...a genocide.

The title of the movie-'Black Hawk Down' may seem inappropriate at first but makes sense only when you watch the movie. The whole operation is going perfectly until a Black Hawk(their helicopter) gets hit with a R.P.G.(rocket propelled grenade).

The movie is based on a true story so variation is not possible however watching it is a visual delight. The producers have been generous with the sets and the equipment. . Hats off to Scott.

The movie is much better than the previous HBO production-The Kingdom of Heaven. Although TKH had a more unheard of story, the cinematography is very ordinary. The Black Hawk Down story is a little more descriptive for those of you who like such movies. The movie goes a little over 2 hours and gets a little boring in between.

Despite getting 2 Oscars, Black Hawk Down didn't do so well at the box office.

RATING: ****

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