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"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil." My 10th movie of 2001, Black Hawk Down, comes with some reflection on this world. The older I get the more painful war becomes in my heart. For a little more money or power, people are willing to sacrifice thousands if not millions of people...humans with souls and feelings. And to stop these people we have to kill more. I think with age comes the realization of how precious each day truly is. Very few movies put you in the middle of the horror and necessity and bravery and mixed feelings of war.
Ridley Scott's orchestration of all the pieces of the film is amazing. That you can keep straight all the soldiers, where they are, and what they're doing is due to Scott. You get the brutality of war and yet it never feels gratuitous. And in the midst of this you get scenes like the helicopters flying down the beach, a gorgeous ballet of precision.
There are more famous faces in this movie than imaginable, but there are no star turns or ego trips. These are honest depictions of fear, love, bravery, and desperation. The stand outs for me were Tom Sizemore, made to play a soldier, Sam Shepard, and Josh Hartnett.
The cinematography, with it's dusty colors, is beautiful and the writing is great, once the fighting begins.
While not a perfect film, Black Hawk Down will leave you breathless and thinking deeply.