First/Last Shot: Black Hawk Down (2001)
Directed by Ridley Scott
DP: Sławomir Idziak
An account of the failure of the mission of American soldiers in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993. *
First shot & Last shot: From the cold blue sand of an apocalyptic landscape to the corpses transported away on the safe haven of an American plane.
This is one of the most conflicting movie I can think of. It is extremely well made: the Slawomir Idziak's cinematography is a continuous piece of art, the editing is perfect, the amount of interesting actors is great and Hans Zimmer (plus his usual invisible helpers) creates an amazing score. From a filmmaking perspective it's a really good movie. But. It glorifies war. It glorifies American involvement in Somalia. It dehumanizes Somali people to an extent that some people called 'racist' (I find it hard to disagree). It creates a world without women. It emphasizes every stereotype we have about African countries. Because this movie was released shortly after 9/11, it seems incapable of being critical at all about the U.S.'s role in the conflict. The opening scene is a perfect example of gorgeous, horrifying misery porn, showing a world that is beyond hope and where only white people seem able to help. The battle scenes constantly show poor white American soldiers fighting against endless masses of wild black people. Rarely is a movie so exciting and sickening at the same time.
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