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February 26, 2017

Black Hawk Down (2001) --- "U.S. Helicopter Goes Down In A Fight Against City"

Plot Summary 
The film takes place in Somalia in 1993 when the U.S. sent special forces into Somalia to destabilize the government and bring food and humanitarian aid to the starving population. On October 3rd, 1993 nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers, commanded by Capt. Mike Steele, were dropped, using Black Hawk helicopters, deep into the capital city of Mogadishu. Their mission: to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord. However, not even the best of plans pan out as expected. Faced with heavy gunfire, the Rangers struggle to complete their mission, save their wounded, and get out of the hot zone. (1)

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Hello, Movie Buffs!
Black Hawk Down, based on the true story and best-selling novel by Mark Bowden, is an exciting, riveting, action/war packed movie with Director Ridley Scott at the helm.
When it comes to war movies, there are many great ones that come to mind – Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. When it was announced that Gladiator director, Ridley Scott, would be adapting Mark Bowden's book, Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, filmgoers knew that they would be in for a treat.
I was born in the Fall of ’95, so growing up I was not made aware of much of the happenings around the world. However, once I discovered this movie in 2010 my parents told me a little bit about it.
The Rangers started out with a pretty solid plan that was intended to only take an hour. However, when the Rangers find themselves surrounded and outnumbered 5 to 1 by Somali forces – whose only goal was to shoot any American soldier – it doesn't take long for panic to set in and not even the audience is sure which side is more disorganized. This is when a 1-hr-raid turns into an overnight standoff against the entire city. The battle resulted in 19 death, 73 wounded, and one helicopter pilot captured among the U.S. raid party.(1) At least one Pakistani soldier and one Malaysian soldier were killed as part of the rescue forces.(1)