Movie Review: Black Hawk Down (2001)

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*Ron Perlman voice activated*. War… war never changes.

Ladies and gentlemen, we got a… “Black Hawk Down”.

In 1993, a band of American troopers were sent in Mogadishu, Somalia to try to take down a local warlord who is the cause of a civil war. However when one of their Black Hawk choppers crash in the city they have to fight for survival against essentially everyone in the city… or at least a lot of heavily-armed Somalis. And while the story doesn’t have a lot of cultural empathy, it’s still one hell of a ride. What we have here is a really intense war story and how it affects different people in this situation. And it was all very riveting. There is rarely a calm moment in this movie, so when there finally is a bit of calm you never really take it for granted. But I have to say that it was really interesting, intriguing and pretty well handled.

The characters in this movie are nothing to write home about. They are all bland and never really develop at any time. And I know that you might be sitting there like “Come on, they’re in a war, there is no time for character development”. Three words: “Saving Private Ryan”, a war movie that is just as intense but takes the time to develop it’s characters and keep them interesting. The only reason you care for the characters in this movie is because the movie makes you root for them but introducing them in the beginning and making sure you don’t completely hate them. The only one I actually still really cared about was Josh Hartnett’s characters, but that’s really only because he gets the most space out of everyone. That and his performance is pretty great. That is something positive I can say: while the characters are bland and such, the acting is still fucking phenomenal, great work by everyone in the movie.

The score for the movie was composed by the ever so masterful Hans Zimmer. It is tense, emotional, big and badass. I would really say that it perfectly fit a war movie of this size and scope while also working very well musically overall. I also like the good mix of licensed tracks in the movie because they all worked really well in my opinion.

“Black Hawk Down” was directed by Ridley Scott who I am a huge fan of and once again, he delivered. First off, the movie is masterfully shot and directed and never really has any of that terrible shaky-cam bullshit. And the action scenes are very well handled too. They are both masterfully crafted and plentiful, so anyone in need of realistic war-action, look no further. I will just say that at one point there was so much intensity going on that I thought I was gonna get a heart attack from this damn movie. Thankfully the movie felt like quieting down for a bit around that time so I could catch my breath.

This movie was well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 76% positive rating and a “Fresh” ceritifcation. On Metacritic it has a score of 74/100. Roger Ebert gave it 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,7/10. The movie also won 2 Oscars in the categories of Best film editing and Best sound. It was also nominated for an additional 2 Oscars in the categories of Best director and Best cinematography. 

“Black Hawk Down” is a really intense war movie with an engaging plot, bland & uninteresting characters, great acting, great music,  great directing and excellent action. Time for my final score. AAAAAAHHHHH. My final score for “Black Hawk Down” is a 9,38/10. I would say that it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

My review of “Black Hawk Down” is now completed.

Only the dead have seen the end of war. 

Movie Review: Snowpiercer (2014)

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Post apocalyptic stories are really fascinating. It is interesting to see how different authors/directors portray their post apocalyptic world. Some of my favorite post apocalyptic stories include the TV show “The Walking Dead” and the excellent novel “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy. What I am trying to say is that I enjoy post apocalyptic stuff and I was therefore intereted in this movie.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Snowpiercer”.

The world has gone to shit. Everything is frozen because of something humans discovered once. And because of that there aren’t many humans left (thank you, people!). Now the few remaining humans all live on this train that circles the world during the course of one year. But this train isn’t like the happiest place ever, oh no. It has basically become a very tragic society. In the front we have the good parts of the train where people live happily and richly and asshole-y. And in the back we have the essential shithole. But soon we will have a revolution led by Curtis (Chris Evans) and old man Gilliam (John Hurt). And while that sounds like typical “the little people standing up for themselves” story, you’d be right an wrong. It looks like that at first but the story is much more well-written than that. It contains twists, excellent plot progression and some genuinely good storytelling. I loved the plot to the movie. It was interesting to see Chris Evans with all these other people trying to take this train, because it wasn’t just an action movie, it also had a lot of dramatic strength too and it managed to surprise me with everything that it did. And that is why I kind of loved the plot.

The characters in this movie all have serious arcs which makes them so interesting. And that is great because there are a lot of characters in this movie and that is something they could have fucked up, but didn’t. Chris Evans is pretty fantastic in this movie. He shows all emotions possible in this movie and he captures them all perfectly. He is also excellent in the action scenes. John Hurt is also pretty great, but you all knew that. I mean, it’s John frickin’ Hurt! Octavia Spencer was also great in this movie as this mother who loses her child pretty early on. She also showed a lot of emotion and gave a great performance. To be honest, everybody in this movie was great! All characters and all performances were great.

The original score by Marco Beltrami was another thing in this movie that was great. It fit the mood of this dark and at times disturbing movie. His score really helped bring the intensity to an entirely different level. There were also some emotional songs in the soundtrack as well that were pretty great too. Like I basically said at first, the entire score is great.

Don’t go into this movie expecting a generic American action movie which is kind of ironic because of Chris Evans who also plays Captain America in the Marvel movies. Anyway. this is as far from your typical American action movie as you can get. So if you want a generic American action movie then this isn’t for you. The action in “Snowpiercer” is intense, brutal and visceral. And for those of you who have seen the movie, yes there is shaky-cam in the movie, but they use it in a good way compared to everyone else who decides to use it. The camera work in general is pretty great too. This was directed by Korean director Joon-ho Bong who I have not seen anything else from. But now that I’ve seen how great of a director he is with “Snowpiercer” I kind of want to see something else by him. Because he was great.

This movie has been really well-received by critics and a fair amount of people alike. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 95% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 84/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,0/10.

“Snowpiercer” is a very original and different movie that I loved. The story was great, the acting was great, the music was great and everything from the camera work/director was also great. Time for my final score. The hell? *Opens up bullet*. The score was rolledi nto a bullet… weird. My final score for “Snowpiercer” is a 9,83/10. It definitely deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
Seal of Approval

Review of “Snowpiercer” is completed.

Wait… This isn’t the Hogwarts express!