I had not seen this film since it was originally released into the theatres in 2001 and I had forgotten two things about it. One, that it was extremely graphic and two, how many young male stars were in it. Give it to director Ridley Scott (Kingdom of Heaven, Gladiator) he definitely knows how to make an epic film. The graphic nature of the film is heightened by the grainy film used to shoot it which sorta lulls you into believing that what you are watching is happening right in front of you. He does not back down from the ugliness that is war nor from showing the flaws that sometimes permeate leadership in times of war. The keyword in describing this film is authenticity. The actors and the script also lend heavily to the realism. There are no over-the-top speeches given by soldiers or leaders in the film and the actors are all believable in their roles as frightened young soldiers who are, for the most part, experiencing their first taste of warfare. Editing, score, cinematography, and visual effects are all top notch. This film is one of the closest modern war films I have seen that really honour those that wear the uniform.
In 1992 civil war has plunged the country of Somalia into a deep and destructive famine. The U.S. starts to airlift food and water into the starving country and when most of the soldiers have left the Somali rebels begin to attack the remaining U.S. personnel In 1993 the United States army went into the war torn country of Somalia and attempted to capture the leader, Mohamed Farrah Aidid, who has seized power there. What originally is thought of as a simple mission turns into a long drawn out battle. The mission is supposed to take 3 weeks and 6 weeks later they are still there. The Texas Rangers are led by Major General William Garrison (Sam Shepard – The Notebook, The Pelican Brief), who has been given a difficult order and tries to carry it out as best he can. Intel is received that Aidid and his cabinet will be in Mogadishu for a meeting. Sergeant Matt Eversmann (Josh Hartnett – Lucky Number Slevin, The Virgin Suicides) is chosen by Captain Mike Steele (Jason Isaacs – Sweet November, The Patriot) to lead one of the groups, with Lieutenant Colonel Danny McKnight (Tom Sizemore – Pearl Harbor, Saving Private Ryan) and Sergeant Jeff Sanderson (William Fichtner – Armageddon, Crash) leading the others. Soldiers, such as John Grimes (Ewan McGregor – Trainspotting, Big Fish), Norm Hooten (Eric Bana – Munich, Finding Nemo), Michael Durant (Ron Eldard – Freedomland, House of Sand and Fog), Kurt Schmid (Hugh Dancy – Basic Instinct 2, Ella Enchanted), Todd Blackburn (Oliver Bloom – Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings), and Cliff Wolcott (Jeremy Piven – from television's Entourage) are sent into a dangerous situation against thousands of well-armed Somalis without the proper planning or any backup. Trouble really begins when a couple of Black Hawk helicopters are shot down and the Rangers try to rescue the men as their motto is "Leave no man behind".
-Frontline: Ambush in Mogadishu (60 Minutes)
-Preview of The Patriot – Extended Cut