The “feel-exhausted” movie of 2001, Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down was one of the movies that led directly to the creation of the RockMovieProject.
Legend tells of this dvd entering Bret’s collection approximately 10 years ago, yet until earlier this year, the movie had gone unseen by human eyes. Well, Bret’s human eyes at any rate.
When it was watched, we spent the next week and a half coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Seriously, presuming this movie is a fairly realistic portrayal of the events it documents, let us go on the record as saying we don’t need anything more realistic. Just an exhausting film to watch from start to finish, but, in the same token, an amazing one.
Things we really liked about the film:
- The cast. It’s amazing. It might not have been as amazing then, but look at who was in this movie: Legolas, Lucious Malfoy, Bane, The Incredible Hulk, the stretchy guy from Fantastic Four, Phil Dunphy, Ari Gold, the bad guy from Kindergarten Cop, Jaime Lannister, Kingsley Shacklebolt and Obi-Wan Kenobi. And that is before you get to guys that you don’t think you know, but you know, like Tom Sizemore, Ron Eldard, William Fichter, Hugh Dancy, Zeljko Ivanek, Glenn Morshower, and Kim Coates. And all those guys before we get to the actual star of the film, Josh Hartnett, whose career was reported missing five years ago. That is a stunning list of current stars, fading stars and “hey, look, it’s that guy!” guys.
- Jeremy Piven dies. (Editor’s Note: Bret is a pr*ck).
- The cinematography and the editing is amazing. We have no idea how much time and effort went into shooting this film or choreographing the scenes or anything like that, but their work paid off, including Oscar wins for Best Editing and Sound and Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Director.
- Orlando Bloom gets seriously injured. (Editor’s Note: See previous Editor’s Note).
Black Hawk Down might have taken 10 years for Bret to finally watch and he might not watch it again in the next 10 years, but it was a great film and comes highly recommended from the RockMovieProject.
Four stars from both Bret and Erin.