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Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

Columbia Pictures

Every few years, a war movie comes along that’s both exciting and visceral. Black Hawk Down, from director Ridley Scott, memorialized a conflict in Somalia in 1993. When two Black Hawk helicopters are shot down by Somali forces, the soldiers must attempt to survive under heavy fire.

Black Hawk Down is a great war movie because it’s able to focus so sharply on one sequence of events. It’s not the kind of movie that attempts to memorialize an entire conflict. Instead, it’s laser-focused on the story it wants to tell. The lack of distractions allows for it to focus on the elements of its story that really matter.

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