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.
  • 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.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Good Lord...
  • 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.