film is a far cry from Ridley Scott's normal films
like "Witness". It is based around a very real
event during October 1993, that saw 18 of 123 elite
American US Special Forces personnel and countless Somalis
killed, and has the US trying to capture two, top lieutenants of a renegade warlord.
The film turns out to be very one-dimensional and
self congratulatory and is yet another piece of Hollywood fiction.
As usual, Ridley's powerful film techniques make amends for the historical inaccuracies with ultra-realistic
graphic violence, using special effects that range
from rockets blowing bodies to pieces to severed
limbs. I think he has taken lessons of John
Woo. This film is good, if you liked seeing
other films like "Saving Private Ryan". I
think the release
date of this film being brought forward was bad timing. I give it two stars, as I
counted 6 people leave during the film, feeling
sick. Be warned, don't go if you cant stand
blood and guts. I am puzzled this film did not
get an 18 certificate. I have to add though, I
did enjoy it in parts; if that is the correct word to
Voices, first credits only:- Josh Hartnett
as Staff Sergeant Matt Eversmann, Ewan McGregor as Company Clerk John Grimes,
Tom Sizemore as Lt. Colonel Danny McKnight, Eric Bana
as Sergeant 1st Class Norm "Hoot" Hooten, William Fichtner
as Master Sergeant Paul Howe, Ewen Bremner as Specialist Shawn Nelson,
Sam Shepard as Major General William Garrison, Gabriel Casseus
as Specialist Mike Kurth, Kim Coates as Private Wex,
Hugh Dancy as Sergeant 1st Class Kurt Schmid, Ron Eldard
as Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant, Ioan Gruffudd
as Sergeant Beales, Tom Guiry as Staff Sergeant Ed Yurek
Charlie Hofheimer as Corporal Jamie Smith and Danny Hoch
as Sergeant Dominic Pilla.
Film Review by Patrick Trollope.