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I absolutely love war movies, and this is definitely a top 5. Great links too by the way! 9/10
@moviegirl1234..read the book.. mark bowden reveals even more of these guys' personalities. like WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE, AND YOUNG - there was just too much in the books to cram into one movie. if you liked this one, you'll like WE WERE SOLDIERS with mel gibson.
It's hard to say this, but (gulp), I think this is my favorite war movie of all time. I've burned a whole through my 2-disc DVD set- this film just never gets old. The ensemble cast of Tom Sizemore, Sam Shepard, Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor, and many many more will take you into the Mogadishu market in trepidation, and carry you out gutted, but alive- because no man gets left behind. In the middle of the famine and genocide of ongoing conflict in Somalia during the 90's, Ridley Scott depicts modern warfare without preachment, in precise and gruesome imagery. The film was nominated for four academy awards, and took home two for best film editing and best sound. If you somehow missed this one, you won't be disappointed.
Movie would have gotten a 100% if it followed actual details but any cinema fan should know that some room must be allowed for Hollywood. With that in mind, Ridley Scott has done an amazing job in adapting the script from the Mark Bowden novel. In my opinion one of three movies that should be required for any man or woman to watch prior to entering the military, the other two being Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan.
This is a film with potential. The actors were actually a bit decent. But then again, there is no plot...sure, you are trying to save Somalia from this rebellion (hell, they can make 231 kinds of movies based on all the rebellions SOMALIA had!!!) But this major rebellion had 21 UN troops killed and I'm not sure how many Somalians were killed also (I'm guessing 100s, maybe 1 or 2 1000). You don't have a main hero, you don't feel much emotion. DURING the movie it is entertaining, but they really had to make it 2.5 hours? They could easily cut 40 minutes and it would be a bit better! Great effects (I give no points for that), but reflecting, this movie should not win any awards. Saving Private Ryan, Apocalypse Now, Schindler's List, Ben-Hur, All Quiet on the Western Front, those are movies we should be focusing on because they made sure that the script had a plot, not a teen's orgy of violence and just barely okay acting. So as an epic with a plot, this movie fails. A war film just to show people blown to bits, then it succeeds.
One of the best war movies made. The action is gripping and makes you feel like you are there. This is most certainly not for the faint of heart, but I think this movie is definitely worth a watch or two.
One of the top war movies I've seen.
This film was nothing more then an Action film disguised as a real war event.

All this film delivers is blood and bullets with no real story and a political message that is lost 15 mins into the film, which in turn makes you think, why am I watching this rubbish.

The only thing I came away with from this film is an understanding to how the US loses every war they start and how even the best directors can make bad films.

the story was choppy and the constant moving from one group of solders to the other seems like a poor attempt to make the film one long shoot fest.

This film will appeal to the people who like nothing more then to see blood and guts and don't care about good acting or a good story arc with character development.

If you want a good war film watch Full metal jacket or saving private ryan. If you want a film to pass the time and forget about 10 mins later I would say watch this.
One of Riddleys best movies.
AWESOME and completely accurate to real life...