With the failed attempts to feed the hungry the united States decided to airlift the food from Kenya to the interior of Somalia, bypassing the other rots and eventually reducing the need for convoys. This attempt was called Operation PROVIDE RELIEF and was an effort to use the U. S. Logistics on how to supply the much needed food to the Somalis. This effort did not stop the problems with distribution as the clans seized the supplies. The chaotic situation continued, in which President Bush issued an order to send the U.
S. Army Special Forces to investigate and recon the area in preparation for the remainder of the troops to arrive in country. With the understanding that the UN could not accomplish the mission alone the United States sends 1,300 Marines to aid with the food distribution. While peace was maintained by the U. S. Forces for a while the U. S. Government was working on another mission, passing Resolution 814, which gave the U. S. Authority to intrude in the country’s affairs.
This new Resolution was not well received by General Aided, leader of the Somalia National Alliance, and in June 1993 the Somalia National Alliance Forces retaliated by killing 24 Pakistani soldiers. After this incident the United Nations approved a more aggressive military involvement, resolution 837, which provided them with more troops to deal with the Somali struggle. A warrant was issued for Aid’s arrest and a 25,000 dollar reward was offered for him. Originally this mission was called Operation GOTHIC SERPENT, but for the rest of the world it was known as Black Hawk Down as director Riddle Scott brings this story to life in his film.
In my opinion this film was made to set the record straight as the graphic images on television were making the United States military look ridiculous and incompetent. In a testosterone filled film the director shows how the United States military sent our elite units to a sudden death. Maybe his intentions were to set the record straight but I believe the result was the opposite, a film full of gore, suffering, despair, and desperation. The film takes the viewer to a foreign land, Somalia, where people are starving.
In the first scene we can see a man wrapping a dead body and placing it on a chair as if he was still alive, as we can see the desperation on the faces of the Somalis. Dead bodies filled the ground while these words appear on the screen, “in late August, America’s elite soldiers, Delta Force, Army Rangers and the 160 SOAR are sent o Mogadishu to remove Aided and restore order” (Scott, 2001 We can see civilians getting murdered in the name of Aided, a man saying the food belongs to them as the Blackjacks helicopters survey the area.
While Colonel Garrison talks to the weapons provider we can see where the story is going, the General tells him they won’t leave Somalia without Aided. As the mission drags for more than six weeks the soldiers make preparations for upcoming raid and the viewer is given an insight to the way the Army operates, the competition between the different elite groups is obvious. For he viewer the film provided a military view of men getting ready for battle, but for the soldiers that experienced these horrific accounts, just another day at the office.
Although the film has a stellar cast the characters were not well developed, We wanted to know more about these men that would give their lives in exchange for peace, but we are left with lots of unanswered questions or maybe with the desire of a positive outcome or a casualty free operation, but all we got was carnage. The battle is bloody and very graphic, especially the incidents with the Dies which take many soldiers’ lives including a soldier ho loses half his body but is still talking, something that seemed to me as very Hollywood and farfetched.
Another scene that was too bloody for me was the soldier bleeding to death as the medics tried to save his life. The soldiers are instructed by the General that “no man will be left behind”, but as the battle intensifies it is unrealistic to comply with his orders. As both Blackjack helicopters crashed, the Somalis went in a frenzy trying to scavenge whatever they could get from these helicopters, including the bodies of the crew. Eventually the mission shifted from the extraction of Aided to a rescue mission for the U. S. Ores on the ground. We can see at one point the infamous scene where the American pilot is dragged through the streets, the scene was brief, and with no details considering this part of the movie really happened. United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Thomas J. Field was dragged by the Somalis and used as a trophy, but unfortunately this important incident took maybe five seconds in the movie, guess the shooting scenes were more important. Personally disliked the film, because of the bloody and graphic scenes, but I guess that is how war is.
The director loud have given a better background on the situation and make the characters a little more human, it was as if they were objects used by the military just like pawns in a game of chess. General Garrison made many costly mistakes; the most critical one was not pulling the troops out of the situation sooner, and not advising the ally troops of the raid. Although the director wanted this movie to clear the air on the situation in Somalia what he accomplished in my eyes was the opposite.
This film as well as the real life account were an embarrassment for our government and our military, who lifelessly serve our nation. Instead of viewing the military as heroes they were portrayed as killers, 19 soldiers died while 1. 000 Somalia’s were shot including women and children. The intention of the director was not to give the U. S. Military a negative image but unfortunately this inevitably happened. Larry Chin explains in his review that Brushier was trying to introduce the viewer to the honor among soldiers but unfortunately failed to do so.
He considers this film to be dangerous for some viewers as the carnage is more important than the actual facts. The Lime review explains that the film put he American military member under a bad light, not as a hero but as an embarrassment while the only great thing about the movie was its stellar cast. Lime also criticized the use of British actors, and deemed the film a Hollywood version of the events, but at the end he considered it a good film.
I agree with Perry’s review that film lacked emotion from the characters and that minorities were limited with one black Spanish speaking actor, as if the whole military Was white. I also agree with Perry when he explained that the character development was minimal, “this is a movie that literally throws harasser development to the wind-?by the film’s second act, it becomes clear that no character in the entire has been developed to a point that might create some dramatic tension or audience interest”, (Perry, 2000).
In Perry’s opinion these men were faceless, and although they were wearing a nutmeat in my opinion they were nameless. After the film was over the only name could remember was General Garrison, maybe because I asked my husband if he thought that general would ever get a third star in which he replied “no”. As I researched further, I discovered that he never did. The review by Mackey Asks explained the details that were omitted by the film, such as how the Rangers eventually captured the two Somali officials.