Had a "guys day out" yesterday...about twelve pilots, paramedics, and firefighters went to see it together.
The movie was GREAT. We had all read the book last year and I can tell you this is one case of Hollywood actually sticking to reality and truly showing heroism...rather than making it into a joke with comic book type characters and scenarios. Every scene and every action is real. Most of the dialogue is real...word for word. This is one of the best documented battles in history...with aerial video and sat-com tapes. The author used all this plus interviews to meave his book, and I'm glad Hollywood chose to go with reality for ince also. The "19" deserve it.
The battle scenes are tough to watch...gritty and bloody and violent. Street fighting at it's worst. The whole movie appears just as I imagined it while reading the book, in fact it looks like they really filmed it in The Mog.
Some of the subtle nuances of the book...like the difference in culture and experience between Rangers and Delta is actually covered quite well too.
Critics argue that the film is racist (bad guys all black, good guys...except for one...all white) but that's the way it was. That's truth. I guess some critics would rather an alteration of history for the sake of political correctness. Makes me want to puke.
Don't pay attention to the revues. See the movie!