Josh Tyrangiel
February 08, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Black Hawk Down

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
144 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/28/01
Wide Release Date
01/18/02
performer
Eric Bana, Ewen Bremner, William Fichtner, Josh Hartnett, Jason Isaacs, Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard, Tom Sizemore
director
Ridley Scott
Producer
Jerry Bruckheimer, Ridley Scott
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
Ken Nolan
genre
Drama, War

We gave it an A-

Zimmer (Gladiator, Crimson Tide) achieves his usual taut dramatic pitch, but with some inspired, Oscar-worthy stretches. Operating under the assumption that war is a clash of cultures, he uses thumping electronic instruments to represent American soldiers and an orchestra of equally aggressive ethnic sounds and voices (Baaba Maal and Rachid Taha) for the Somali. Zimmer comes off neutral without being bland, and the battle of styles is as beautiful and compelling as anything in the film. A-

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