The star-studded Ridley Scott movie puts the viewer in the middle of the true story of the ill-fated US Special Forces mission that took place 15 years ago this week.
Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRNews.com)—Amid the war-induced famine that killed hundreds of thousands of Somalis, Ridley Scott’s 2001 movie Black Hawk Down, immerses the viewer into the intensity and the difficulty of the ill-fated US Special Forces mission to capture top warlord, Mohamed Farah Adid, and help end the forced starvation of an entire nation.
Based on Mark Bowden’s best-selling book by the same name, the movie chronicles the October 3, 1993 attempt to capture Adid and some of his top lieutenants in a daylight raid by US Army Rangers and Delta Force personnel in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Idealistic Sergeant Matt Eversman, played by Josh Hartnett, unexpectedly gets to take charge of a group of fellow Rangers after an epileptic seizure sends the group’s leader back to the states.
Orlando Bloom is Todd Blackburn, a young-faced, newly-arrived Ranger who’s eager to jump into the action in Mogadishu while Ewan McGregor is Grimes, a frustrated Ranger who’s been relegated to typing and making coffee while his comrades kill and maim.
The raid is set to take place in the afternoon, which is odd since most of these operations usually happen under the cover of early morning darkness for maximum effectiveness. The time of the raid adds to the danger, as that’s when the heavily-armed militia members of the war-torn city are high on a cocaine-like substance called ‘khat.’
General Garrison, played by veteran actor Sam Shepard, heads the raid that requires a group of Black Hawk and other combat helicopters to deliver the soldiers into the heart of the city to capture Adid and his top aides.
Jeremy Pivin of Entourage fame plays eccentric chopper pilot Cliff ‘Elvis’ Wolcott, who’s nickname comes from his habit of playing Elvis Presley songs while flying. Delta Force soldiers Sanderson and ‘Hoot’ are portrayed by actors William Fichtner (Crash) and Eric Bana (The Hulk), respectively.
Bana’s lone-wolf character plays the occasional mentor to Harnett’s pensive and unsure Eversman. Well acted and without gratuitous gore, the film captures the life and death struggle of the group as they are heavily outnumbered in a horribly botched operation.