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BLACK HAWK DOWN
On October 3, 1993, Army Rangers and members of the elite Delta Force participated in a covert operation in Mogadishu, Somalia that went horribly wrong. Sent to abduct two lieutenants of a vicious Somali warlord, the soldiers found themselves surrounded by hostile militia. Two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and many men lost their lives.
Review by MIKE FURCHES

BLACK HAWK DOWN
(2001)


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Directed by Ridley Scott
Screenplay by Ken Nolan
Book by Mark Bowden

Josh Hartnett .... Staff Sergeant
Matt Eversmann Ewan McGregor .... Company Clerk John Grimes
Tom Sizemore .... Lt. Colonel Danny McKnight
Eric Bana .... Sergeant 1st Class Norm "Hoot" Hooten
William Fichtner .... Master Sergeant Paul Howe
Ewen Bremner .... Specialist Shawn Nelson
Sam Shepard .... Major General William Garrison
Gabriel Casseus .... Specialist Mike Kurth
Kim Coates .... Wex
Hugh Dancy .... Sergeant 1st Class Kurt Schmid
Ron Eldard .... Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant
Ioan Gruffudd .... Beales
Tom Guiry .... Staff Sergeant Ed Yurek
Charlie Hofheimer .... Corporal Jamie Smith
Danny Hoch .... Sergeant Dominic Pilla
Jason Isaacs .... Captain Mike Steele
Zeljko Ivanek .... Harrell
Glenn Morshower .... Colonel Tom Matthews
Jeremy Piven .... Chief Warrant Officer Cliff Wolcott
Brendan Sexton III .... Private 1st Class Richard Kowalewski
Johnny Strong .... Sergeant Randy Shughart
Richard Tyson .... Staff Sergeant Daniel Busch
Brian Van Holt .... Staff Sergeant Jeff Struecker
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau .... Master Sergeant Gary Gordon
Steven Ford .... Cribbs
Ian Virgo .... Specialist John Waddell
Tom Hardy .... Specialist Lance Twombly
Gregory Sporleder .... Galentine
Carmine Giovinazzo .... Sergeant Mike Goodale
Chris Beetem .... Sergeant Casey Joyce
Tac Fitzgerald .... Sergeant Keni Thomas
Matthew Marsden .... Specialist Dale Sizemore
Orlando Bloom .... Private 1st Class Todd Blackburn
Kent Linville .... Private Clay "Little Hunter" Othic
Enrique Murciano .... Sergeant Lorenzo Ruiz
Michael Roof .... Private Maddox
George Harris .... Atto
Razaaq Adoti .... Mo'alim
Treva Etienne .... Firimbi Abdibashir
Mohamed Hersi .... Somali Spy
Pavel Voukan .... Briley
Dan Woods .... Fales
Ty Burrell .... Technical Sergeant Tim Wilkinson
Boyd Kestner .... Goffena
Jason Hildebrandt .... Chief Warrant Officer Dan Jollata
Kofi Amankwah .... Somali Kid
Joshua Quarcoo .... Somali Kid
Johann Myers .... Somali Father
Lee Geohagen .... Somali Son with Gun

Produced by
Chad Oman .... executive producer
Branko Lustig .... executive producer
Mike Stenson .... executive producer
Simon West .... executive producer
Jerry Bruckheimer .... producer
Ridley Scott .... producer
Terry Needham .... associate producer

Original music by Hans Zimmer, Jeff Rona (additional music) and Mel Wesson (ambient music)
Cinematography by Slavomir Idziak
Film Editing by Pietro Scalia

Rated R
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USA - December 28th 2001 (ltd), January 18th 2002 (wide)
UK - April 12th 2002, Argentina - April 11th 2002
Belgium - April 3rd 2002, Czech Republic - April 4th 2002
France - April 3rd 2002, Germany - April 4th 2002
Iceland - April 12th 2002, Sweden - April 12th 2002

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Black Hawk Down
Hans Zimmer

After the success of Gladiator, it wasn't unusual to see director Ridley Scott turn to Hans Zimmer again for the score to Black Hawk Down, his fierce adaptation of Mark Bowden's account of the tragic 1993 American military intervention in Somalia. What was more surprising was the schedule Scott imposed on the German-born composer: 15 days to write, arrange, and record the film's nearly two hours of music. The results of Zimmer's miraculous two-week musical campaign not only belie those constraints; they instantly take their place alongside The Thin Red Line as some of the most compelling music he's produced. The gambit here is simple--portray the combatants as two warring tribes, with their native musics locked in a tense dance for domination. Yet the results are geometrically more complex and artistically rewarding, with thrash guitar and speed metal/hip-hop/martial rhythms encroaching on, then fusing with, the timeless indigenous music of North Africa to become something wholly other. Senegalese vocalist Baaba Maal contributes greatly, as do Algerian worldbeat artist Rachid Tara and the duet of Denez Prigent and Zimmer's Gladiator collaborator Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance). Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros' warm rendition of Thomas More's "Minstrel Boy" also underscores the military's brotherhood. But the real star here is Zimmer, who again takes his quest for "music he's never heard" to yet another rewarding plateau.
--Jerry McCulley -Amazon.com

Leave No Man Behind

SYNOPSIS:

On October 3, 1993, Army Rangers and members of the elite Delta Force participated in a covert operation in Mogadishu, Somalia that went horribly wrong. Sent to abduct two lieutenants of a vicious Somali warlord, the soldiers found themselves surrounded by hostile militia. Two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and many men lost their lives. Mark Bowden of the Philadelphia Inquirer told the story of the battle in his exhaustively researched, critically acclaimed book, BLACK HAWK DOWN, and filmmaker Ridley Scott (GLADIATOR) and screenwriter Ken Nolan have done an amazing job of bringing the dramatic story to the screen. Like Bowden's book, the film does not thoroughly examine the context of the conflict, but gives a detailed and intense blow-by-blow account of the fighting. The outstanding ensemble cast includes Josh Hartnett as a competent but nervous Ranger sergeant leading his first mission, Ewan McGregor as a "desk jockey" who excels when sent into combat, Eric Bana (THE INCREDIBLE HULK) as a cocky and enigmatic Delta, and Ron Eldard as a downed Black Hawk pilot. The violence of the film is brutal and nearly constant. Scott unflinchingly captures the chaos and mayhem of battle with tremendous visual finesse.

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MIKE FURCHES

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Mike is the Senior Pastor at United at the Cross Community Church in Wichita Kansas. United at the Cross is a church made up of individuals not often accepted in other churches. The church consists of former gang members, drug addicts, prostitutes and others. Mike also speaks nationally on various topics and is a freelance writer. To learn more about Mike and his ministry link onto www.furches.org. In the arts Mike has worked with top music artists such as Steppenwolf, Marshall Tucker Band, Kansas and has an active interest in film. Mike is pictured with his music band "Route 66."

Click to enlargeI recently saw Black Hawk Down and Behind Enemy Lines on the same weekend. Both movies are based on true stories and both are well worth watching. One of the questions raised in Black Hawk Down is the impact of NATO Forces on U.S. troop policies. While these are underlying areas addressed in both films, they both also adequately deal with the horrors of war.

Click to enlargeIn Black Hawk Down, we see young men who are involved in the policing of Somalia. They are going their merry way with little concern as to those around them. We see their youth and their vulnerability not only by their actions but by the things they say. Everything seems to be going fine, then, suddenly, what ensues is the reality of the commitment they have made for their country.

Click to enlargeIn Black Hawk Down we see the tremendous courage that many of the men and women of the armed services possess. We also see the willingness of many that are willing to lay down their lives for their fellow human. While graphic to watch, the movie beautifully shows the love relationships that exist between these men and women that offer their lives.

One of the areas the film addresses is the situations that these troops are placed in. Based on a true story and using actual combat transcripts, the film often questions the purpose of war and portrays the horror of it. We are confronted with the question of whether a message and example of love could have made a more drastic impact on the people of Somalia. We also are addressed with the question of nationalism, especially from a United States patriot perspective.

One of the things I constantly asked myself was: what kind of an impact Christians could have had in this setting if we would have educated ourselves better to the environment in which our U.S. troops were placed as well as the situation in which the Somalians had to live. When we see a young Somali mother charging a United States Marine with a gun in her hand we truly understand the horror of war but we are also confronted with the question of what would possess a mother to take this type of action.

Click to enlargeWhile this movie is a tribute to individuals who have given up their lives, it also questions the reasons for many military actions. This is especially true when we consider that U.S. forces withdrew shortly after this act in Somalia, having accomplished little of their assigned mission.

Technically this film is spectacular. The characters could have been developed somewhat better but an adequate job is still done. We find ourselves caring about the soldiers as well as feeling for the Somalians who are innocent victims of their environment.

This is a movie that every mother and father should watch, especially those who have children who are of age to serve in the military. It is a film that Christians should also see to have a better understanding of the world around them and of what goes on in that world.

On a scale of 1-10 this movie caused me to think and reflect of the dedication of our military men and women. If we only loved God enough to serve Him like these men served their country. I'm giving Black Hawk Down a thought provoking 8.

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HATED THIS MOVIE
Subject: Black_Hawk_Down
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002
From: Marla

  I absolutely hated this movie. I am not that fond of war movies, but when a teen friend wanted to see it, I agreed to go, hoping for some redeeming quality like an explanation of what the conflict was about. Instead, I found myself unhappily immersed in a live video game, complete with shootings and gore, non-stop. The only "lesson" was to not abandon your fellow soldiers, and that war is about taking care of your fellow soldier. When are we going to decide that war means taking care of my fellow soldier by not running to war solutions? And that we need to be soldiers in a different kind of war, wrestling with the giants of poverty or alcoholism in your or my city? Christians who are afraid to go work or live in their inner city will go and cheer these guys for killing a bunch of people in their own city in Somalia, going about their own business, fighting to protect their territory. But face the dangers of gangs or drugs? And those are really the brothers we can't abandon, the people next to us that we really should be saving and seeing!

 The move also failed to deal with the big question of whether the US or the UN is doing any good by sending in soldiers to other country situations like these. I left about as ignorant about Somalia and the lives that needed saving and still do, as I am now. I think, I think, they tried to say the dictator there was a Hitler and thus the people (Nazis?) around him deserved to die, too?

I can't think of anything to recommend this movie.

Marla

Response: I can understand your discomfort. This was however, based on a true story. It was not a commentary on the ethics of the war itself. It was what it was. -David

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