...Then comes the dense bulk of the movie: 90-fucking minutes of explosions. It looks great, real, bloody, violent and chaotic. In fact, Blackhawk Down does an amazing job of showing that war is all chaos and new decisions that must be made every minute. It's never cartoonish. In fact, Scott loves to make it as gritty and bloody as possible. He makes sure we understand that the American fighters are in a lot of pain; screaming, squirting blood and slowly passing away. By contrast, the Somalians drop like flies. Every single one of them dies an instant and painless death. But the Americans suffer through torn limbs, ripped arteries and deafness. A half-hour of this would be fine, but ninety minutes is relentless. It goes past the point where I thought "Wow, war is a mess," to "okay, I get the point," to "fuck, I hope Rubio's is still open when this is done."
Bruckheimer and Scott are like the priests who tell you how destructive pornography is, then tell you what kinds of pornography are worst, describe the most vile acts you can find in pornography and then pull out examples from their dog-eared private stash. They don't really think war is bad. They fetishize it, caress it, and even shoot the last scenes in sun-drenched slo-mo, as though they're already nostalgic for carnage of the last hour. That sort of spoils the message, as did the Air Force recruiters waiting in the theater lobby with their latest toys and brochures, luring young men while their testosterone is still boiling over from the movie. "Yes, war is bad, here's where you can get some!"
Yeah, this is just war porn. The book is interesting, though.
It's been all downhill for Ridley Scott since the Apple 1984 commercial.
I can't give this any higher than two. A friend of mine was an Army Ranger in Somalia witnessing the "Blackhawk Down" moment. This obviously doesn't do it justice.
|Billy the Poet |
SHUG-ert goddamn it. SHUG-ert!
Haven't any of you people ever been to Pennsylvania?
|Meatsack Jones |
Only 3 because I can't watch this all the way through.
I was never in a situation this bad, but being through more than a few screwed up scenarios, this makes my eyes twitch to the point I have to shut it off.
Say what you will, you can't help but walk away from this without a sick feeling of hollow in your stomach.
Colored folk gonna gitcha!
|Blolf Witzer |
I remember seeing this in theaters and a large group of young men behind me were cheering the fuck out of this scene until those soldiers got killed/captured. It was really weird especially because of the older guy next to me who kept saying "Oh, dear, ohhh deeeeaaaar...." the whole time any bullets were flying. There might have been a wet spot on his seat after he got up.
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