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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Josh Hartnett
Eric Bana
Ewan McGregor
Tom Sizemore
Sam Shepard
Jason Isaacs
William Fichtner
Directors
Ridley Scott
Screenwriters
Ken Nolan
Steve Zaillian
Running Time
144 minutes

Black Hawk Down
Heartstopping account of the Somalian conflict by Ridley Scott.


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Plot
Mogadishu, 1993. At war with a Somalian warlord, in the longest sustained ground battle since Vietnam, U.S. troops set out on a mission to capture his senior advisors. When two of their helicopters - the Black Hawks of the title - are shot down, the surviving troops are trapped in a terrifying firefight.


Verdict
Ambitious, sumptuously-framed and frenetic, Black Hawk Down occasionally errs on the confused, but is nonetheless a rare find of a war movie which dares to turn genre convention on its head. And besides, it's a damn sight better than Hannibal.


Reviewed by Mark Dinning

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