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YMMV: Black Hawk Down
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The American failure in Somalia in 1993 convinced Osama bin Laden that America's will could be broken, and as such he began ordering more direct attacks on American interests. This film was shot in the summer of 2001 and released in December of the same year.
    • "This ain't Iraq, it's much more complicated than that."
      • Orlando Bloom plays the soldier who breaks his back falling out of the black hawk chopper. In real life, Bloom himself was almost paralyzed when he suffered a fall from a great height prior to his acting career and broke his back.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Before he found fame and fortune swashbuckling his way through the Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean films (along with a few other costume epics), Orlando Bloom played the gung ho young soldier eager to "kick some ass" only to get taken out of the fight early on by falling out of the chopper - thus setting off the chain of events that would ultimately derail the entire mission, turning it into a bloody mess.
    • Becomes Harsher in Hindsight (see above) when you remember that Bloom himself was almost paralyzed in real life due to a similar (but not military related) fall earlier in his life.
    • Coster Waldau being told "I'd keep my eye on that queen before counseling others" and then replying "Well, she's just lying in wait" during a game of chess gains a funny new meaning after his role in Game of Thrones.
  • HSQ: Preposterously high. You may have to take a break at some point.
  • Narm: The shot of a Somali running toward the downed Black Hawk, arms flailing wildly, and shouting, assuming that all of its occupants are dead just as one of its occupants comes to and shoots him dead. It's funnier if you see it.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Somalis despised this movie and cinemas reported that audiences cheered and applauded whenever Americans were killed. This is mostly due to the glaring inaccuracies throughout the movie (see below), although the rampaging Somali mobs definitely existed too.
  • Squick: When Eversman and one of the medics have to reach into a soldier's leg wound to try and clamp his femoral artery to stop his bleeding.
    • Delta operator Wex, having had his entire lower body blown off.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Several.
    • The Somali culture is grossly simplified and misrepresented (eg. ethnic diversity, as the Somali people are probably more closely related to Arabs than to sub-Saharan African peoples), and though there are lots of talk and scenes of their humanity and the fact that most Somalis are just ordinary people living in a Crapsack World, the vast majority seen are either rampaging mobs or ruthless militiamen, and are certainly not treated with the same level of empathy any of the Americans are given. It got to to the point of reports of Somali audiences cheering whenever an American soldier was killed.
      • As an aside, faction leader Osman Ali Atto- the basis for the character from the beginning who was captured and interrogated by Sam Shepard- claimed that in Real Life he only had a single car (not a three-car motorcade) and the actual capture was far more bloody and violent, with the car being hit fifty times (rather than a single warning shot) and his colleague (not shown) being shot in both legs. He also felt the actor portraying him looked nothing like him and claimed he never smoked cigars nor wore earrings. Of course, he also received one hell of a Historical Villain Downgrade- he was a major arms dealer, drug trafficker, warlord and murderer and US Intel called him the Evil Genius of the movies Bigger Bad Muhammed Farrah Aidid-, so inaccuracy goes both ways.
      • The angry mobs were actually accurate - there's talk from the people who were there on establishing who were actual, battle-worn militia and weekend warriors wanting to shoot Americans, and a majority of the casualities were the latter.
    • The role of the Pakistani military is grossly downplayed in the movie (and it isn't exactly favorable either, portrayed as Jerkasses who give the Americans attitude before sending help), and the Malaysian UN peacekeepers are completely written out. In Real Life both played crucial roles and a hell of a lot more Americans would have died without them. Understandably, both countries were as annoyed as the Somalis about the portrayal.
    • Related to the above, several studies suggest that the War Is Hell tone of the movie masks an ultimately Eagle Land Type 1 Do Not Do This Cool Thing message, as the American troops are virtually all portrayed as heroic and Badass as well as given 99% of the real characterization in the movie- a fairly standard propaganda strategy since World War 1, to encourage the audience to empathize with the troops and not so much demonize the enemy as give them as little character as possible- ie.Heterogeneous Heroes vs Homogenous Villains. The fact that it was made during the gung-ho Presidency of George W. Bush (though pre-9/11- released afterwards, but filmed before) hasn't gone unnoticed either. Overall the movie can sometimes come across as a (very, very good and often brutally honest) 2-hour advertisement for the United States military, especially with all the "why we fight" speeches, one of which the film ends on.

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