Black Hawk Down

"Black Hawk down, we got a Black Hawk down."

This film depressed Shornbare. A military fuck-up from start to finish, stylishly shot and illustrating the incomprehensibility of modern, technology-led, warfare to the soldiers at ground level. This really was boys with toys; Americans with night-vision goggles and intricate computer support against Somalians with little more than a Kalashnikov and a desire to fight. American casualties: 19, Somalian casualties: 1000.

Striking was the way the American soldiers would do anything to rescue their already dead colleagues. There's no triumphalism here, and no obvious moral, just a lingering sense of power and wastefulness. Shornbare left the cinema not wanting to see any more war films, although he probably will.