Welcome to Framed, a column at Cinematical that runs every Thursday and celebrates the artistry of cinema -- one frame at a time.
A group of Delta Force soldiers and Army Rangers head into the midst of conflict in Mogadishu, Somalia. What should have been a quick mission to capture several of Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's lieutenants turned into a blood-soaked nightmare that left 1,000 Somalis and 19 American military dead. Ridley Scott's 'Black Hawk Down' isn't really concerned with addressing any of the humanitarian questions surrounding U.S. politics/military as it is with diving right into the action. Scott is interested in the brutality of war -- along with all the logistics and gory details -- versus any kind of character development. It's a visceral journey made all the more intense by cinematographer Slawomir Idziak's gritty lens and emotional hue.
Following suit from last week, instead of pointing out a single frame in the movie, I'd like to focus on two key points that make 'Black Hawk Down' visually interesting. There are several frames to check out in the galleries after the jump.