YMMV / Black Hawk Down

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Perhaps naturally, Somalis do not like this film. (see below)
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Maybe. While the movie does depict heroism on the part of most of the soldiers involved, it also shows war as being extremely unpleasant.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: For a film featuring Loads and Loads of Characters who happen to kick a lot of ass. It's only natural that a number of the more minor characters would end up as fan favorites.
    • Delta Force operative Norm "Hoot" Gibson is easily the most recognizable and popular character among viewers. Thanks in large part to his cool, stoic and saturnine demeanor that never lets up. Even when under fire.
    • Lance Twombly and Shawn Nelson both have their fair share of fandom.
    • Delta operative Gary Harrell is surprisingly popular for a guy who had very little screen time before being killed off. His Heroic Sacrifice and the fact that he's played by Željko Ivanek, probably has something to do with his popularity.
  • 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: 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.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Preposterously high. You may have to take a break at some point.
  • Memetic Mutation: The Retroactive Recognition has become one of these.
  • 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.
  • Retroactive Recognition: All over the place. Examples include Orlando Bloom as Todd Blackburn, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Gary Gordon, and Tom Hardy as Lance Twombly.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Somalis absolutely despised this movie and local cinemas reported that audiences cheered and applauded whenever Americans were killed.
  • 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. Even more disturbing is when his comrade pockets his severed hand.