Black Hawk Dawn
- Genre: drama, military
- Director: Ridley Scott
- Year of release: 2002
Not every impressive film needs an extensive plot to knock down the audience. Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, for example, proved this recently, as it did not really serve a typical war history, but rather a panorama with residual dialogues, depicting the fate of several different characters. But it was enough to leave audiences jaw-dropped.
Black Hawk Down has a more traditional approach to narration, but also focuses on other aspects of realization. More than a comprehensive story. First of all, the movie relies on the realism of the battlefield, to demonstrate its cruelty, chaos and ruthlessness. And it looks crazy also thanks to the outstanding shots by a Polish operator Slawomir Idziak.
The film tells the story of a failed historical mission to kidnap several commanders from the Somali rebel army. A simple task turns FUBAR when two helicopters are shot down. Yes, the plot simplifies the story, pictures Uncle Sam's boys in brighter colors than it should. Yes, we have here a classic type of nameless enemy, who is opposed by simple characters, in principle, a "collective type of hero" but it is, however, another piece of really solid military movie. It does not pretend there is only glory waiting on the battlefield.