Hawk Down” turns a non-fiction book into another Ridley film
spectacle. It shows the grandness of the US Army during the
war between American Delta Force and Somalia's Regime, during
the US military interference in the Somalia conflict in 1993.
According to the film director, the film was never intended
to take a political stance in Somalia's war. Even if it is
far too long for a war film, take a deep breath and prepare
yourself for staying with it until it's over.
Scott is an auteur of all kinds of movies: Blade Runner as
a vision, Thelma and Louise as an intimate story, Gladiator
as spectacle, Hannibal as a scary movie....and then the realistically
tedious Black Hawk Down.
Hawk Down is based on Mark Bowden's best seller, as the reconstruction
of real-life events in Somalia in 1993. Scott’s first goal
was to make an anti-war film, but he achieved nothing more
than the opposite: because all those soldiers really do believe
in their country and in kicking ass. With their religion and
patriotism, they really are straightforward and uncomplicated,
looking for something that can not be gained in school or
on the streets of America.