SATUR­DAY BLACK HAWK DOWN

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

10.30PM, SCT ★★★★

Based on the best-sell­ing book by Mark Bow­den. A stud­ied, sober­ing and numb­ingly no-holds-barred ac­count of the bat­tle of Mo­gadishu, a 1993 blood­bath in So­ma­lia that be­came Amer­ica’s worst skir­mish since Viet­nam. Di­rec­tor Ridley Scott (Glad­i­a­tor) pares back story, char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment and moral right­eous­ness to their bare es­sen­tials, re­sult­ing in the most strik­ing, if not re­veal­ing, por­trait of mod­ern war­fare ever filmed. Stars Josh Hart­nett, Ewan McGre­gor, Tom Size­more and Eric Bana (who more than holds his own in his Amer­i­can fea­ture de­but). Won two Acad­emy Awards for best edit­ing and sound.

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