Saturday, 3 December 2011


A Blistering War movie from Ridley Scott with a rock solid cast delivering the action in Somalia. Based on true events Scott handles the subtext and action with aplomb. It's almost a western in it's unfolding.
It stars Tom Sizemore, Ewan McGregor, Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, William Fichtner, Sam Shephard, Ewen Bremner, Hugh Dancy, Ron Eldred, Ioan Gruffudd, Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Piven, Orlando Bloom and Tom Hardy, also Matthew Marsden late of Coronation Street. In this casting Scott creates an ensemble piece that is stirring and compelling in the way that an old fashioned war movie used to be.
Scott is a director of great talent and this is an overlooked movie from him.
It's undoubtedly a man's movie and it contains not only an underlying theme of courage but of the western powers getting involved in foreign affairs.
It's as gritty as Saving Private Ryan, with a dash of the wild bunch and She wore a Yellow Ribbon, but with the political questioning of Platoon. It has moments of dark humour alongside pointless death and destruction. Perfectly scored and edited with great precision.
Most of all it's a great, men on a mission, action movie.

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