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It's military mayhem ahead

by Willow Green |
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It's been almost three months since the September 11 attacks on America, which isn't long enough to make a major feature film. So it's hard to explain how so many films flying the American flag of military fervour are heading for our cinemas in the next six months. Just one of those things, we guess. Last night the Empire Online team were at the first London screening of Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down which was attended by Scott himself and a smattering of the film's stars including Ewan McGregor, Josh Hartnett and Jason Isaacs. The version we saw was still a work in progress - with some CGI still to be added, as well as the official soundtrack - but it received a hearty reaction from the London audience. Most were presumably appreciative of the fact that while deeply patriotic, the film still managed - under Scott's direction - to shy away from whole-hearted cheesiness. Unfortunately the same can't be said for Mel Gibson's new movie We Were Soldiers. Based on another true story, this time set in Vietnam, the trailer which hits the internet today, employs more cheese than a Quattro Formaggio with extra cheese would. But that's not all folks. We've then got the Gene Hackman/Owen Wilson drama Behind Enemy Lines - which comes out in the UK the first week of January - to look forward to. Oh goody!

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