Rating: 9.5 stars
Seen 7 times
When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer heavy casualties, facing intense fighting from the militia on the ground.
Rated R | Length 145 minutes
Orlando Bloom | William Fichtner | Ewen Bremner | George Harris | Josh Hartnett | Tom Hardy | Brendan Sexton III | Ewan McGregor | Tom Sizemore | Tom Guiry | Zeljko Ivanek | Kim Coates | Eric Bana | Steven Ford | Sam Shepard | Gregory Sporleder | Jason Isaacs | Ron Eldard | Charlie Hofheimer | Hugh Dancy | Brian Van Holt | Matthew Marsden | Nikolaj Coster-Waldau | Johnny Strong | Glenn Morshower | Enrique Murciano | Jeremy Piven | Carmine Giovinazzo | Razaaq Adoti | Treva Etienne | Jason Hildebrandt | Ty Burrell | Boyd Kestner | Giannina Facio
As my friends already know, this is one of my all-time favorite war movies. I’ve watched this movie so many times I’ve lost count. However! I’ve never seen it on Blu-ray, so I decided to finally break the seal on the BD disc I’d had for a while now and give it a watch since Netflix Instant was having issues.
It’s even more stunning on Blu-ray. The film grain and all the grit and debris from the battle scenes comes through with such clarity, that at times you feel like you’re on the street and should cover up before you get pelted with shards of glass and bits of dirt and body parts.
It’s a lot of fun to revisit movies like this because you often come across actors who’ve since gone on to greater things. For instance, Tom Hardy has a minor role in Black Hawk Down. He has since gone on to break out in Bronson and Inception!
Since I’m also a big Trainspotting fan, it’s great to see Ewan McGregor and Ewan Bremner working together here, and both with great roles.
Having just watched Drive Angry, it’s also fun to see William Fichtner as one of the Black Hawk pilots.
Another absolute standout role in BHD is Eric Bana, who was pretty much unknown before this movie and his subsequent turn as Bruce Banner in Ang Lee’s The Hulk (a movie which I initially hated the HELL out of but have since come to kind of adore).
I’m sure I’ll watch this again and again, but it sure was fun to see it in high definition for the first time since catching it in the theater.