Black Hawk Down

1879 Words 8 Pages
Man Down Repelling down from a hovering Black Hawk helicopter, running through the streets in a foreign city, bullets hissing past your ears, bombs are exploding all around you, debris flying in all directions, and you have a job to do. In Black Hawk Down, director Ridley Scott mixes a wide variety of camera movement, camera angles, film speed, tone, and music to throw the audience into the thick of the fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia. Scott places the viewer into the boots of Delta Force members, ARMY Rangers, and many other military positions allowing you to experience the nightmare these soldiers are going through. William Arnold stated "Black Hawk Down is a terrific ‘trip' movie that – like Private Ryan – plops us right in the …show more content…
This new sense of hope is also reflected by the now yellowish tone. A new frame from inside the helicopter reveals a bumpy ride as the camera bumps and vibrates with the helicopter. The first time the audience members are placed in the boots of a soldier is when a high camera angle is used to look down on the Red Cross Food Distribution Center through the eyes of S.SGT. Matt Eversmann (Josh Hartnett). The camera perspective then switches to the ground as a vehicle carrying armed men is tracked by the camera and follows the people rushing to get food by using a crane shot. The camera switches to a low angle camera shot to show how desperate the starving people are for food that they begin to fight each other for it, causing the camera to sway back and forth. The music changes from an upbeat style to a more guitar-fueled rock and roll style symbolizing the anger felt by the audience and soldiers. On another helicopter flight, American oldies' can be heard, which conveys that this ride is not a serious flight like to one before. The soldiers are more relaxed and peer out the helicopter door to enjoy the Somalian landscape. The yellowish tone switches to a greenish tone as the frame changes to show Pfc. Todd Blackburn (Orlando Bloom) reporting for duty, suggesting that this is a more serious part. The camera angle shows the soldier behind the desk, checking Blackburn in, is always looking up to Blackburn. Even though Blackburn is younger, he has a more heroic
Open Document