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RECAP: Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down (2001): Ridley Scott

October 1993 was a bad time for Somalia. Beset by self-proclaimed president Mohamed Farrah Aidid and, at the time, the world’s worst famine, which he evoked, Somalia, and especially its capital Mogadishu, needed help.

The United Nations sent peacekeepers who were handcuffed to oppose Aidid. The United States sent many of its best soldiers. Those soldiers spent a long period searching for Aidid to no avail. Then, one afternoon, they learned of a meeting of two of Aidid’s top people in the city, and perhaps they could capture them.

That afternoon became one of the worst military results for the US in Africa.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: In a mission to capture a vicious warlord in war-ravaged Mogadishu, an American black hawk helicopter crashes, and American soldiers spend the worst night of their lives trying to save the men trapped inside it.  Continue Reading

RECAP: Star Trek

Star Trek (2009): J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams finished his landmark TV show Lost and took the reigns of another legendary sci-fi TV show called Star Trek. The 2009 version was a reboot, as well as the eleventh film in the series.

Up until about two weekends after opening, the highest gross in the franchise came from 1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which made about $110 million. Turns out having a hero director attached can add to your box office. Add a lot. The Abrams vision passed a quarter-billion domestic just before it petered out of theaters. That’s the movie discussed here.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: A crew on a space battleship fights a threatening enemy…from the future. Continue Reading

RECAP: Hanna

Hanna (2011): Joe Wright

From the director of Atonement comes Hanna , a movie about a child who can kill you eight ways from Sunday. Get ready for Joe Wright and The Chemical Brothers to bring you the best-scored action movie of the decade.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: A girl raised alone in the subarctic wilderness returns to European civilization the target of a vengeful CIA agent.  Continue Reading

RECAP: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017): Guy Ritchie

Have you heard of the Camelot legends? You haven’t? Not for a few days? Have I got a movie for you!

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: Arthur, young and not yet a king, draws Excalibur and faces his uncle, Vortigern, a usurper.  Continue Reading