off-topic ... Sorry, I just cannot see why you liked that movie more. I apologize. I'm not putting you down at all- if anything, BHD did not have any bad acting, or any bad dialogue. SW Episode II did, in places...but that shouldn't matter. I mean...Episode II was just more colorful, different, deep, and well, everything, more than BHD. Well, I respect it if people didn't dig the film, because it is actually a very unconventional film, rather than a mainstream one. And many of the powerful moments in the film are not spoken or shown, but lay underneath the surface. There's moments of quiet symbolism too. When the general stoops down and wipes a pool of blood, it showed that no man is above anything (even a high officer shows some responsibility) and notice that the blood never wipes off clean, but makes an even worse mess on the floor. The stain of blood, (if one wanted to read it on a deeper level), never "wipes off" when it comes to war. You're scarred once, you're scarred for life. As many movies about the psychological effects of warfare have depicted (The Deer Hunter, Platoon) What made BHD so great in my eyes was the what it said about humanity and warfare underneath the surface. It has so much depth to it, if one wanted to analyze it further. (I'm having a blast on the DVD reading the symbolic images in this film. Director Ridley Scott took painstaking efforts to infuse this film with meaning) For one thing, we realize that war is never as easy as you think it's going to be (notice how a simple 30-minute operation was stretched out into an actual 15-hour nightmare). It's a lesson for us that the enemy should never be underestimated, and that military supremacy (U.S.) are nothing when you're up against relentless fanatics (the Somalis who followed their leader with blind allegiance and would die for their cause). It not only relates to today's headlines, but even relates to Star Wars theme that military power like the Empire's are nothing against the faith and determination of the Rebels. In BHD, the U.S. did not win a victory that day (which is quite different for a standard Hollywood film) but instead, we learned a tough lesson, the hard way. I like it when the film goes off into unexpected tangents. And the lack of character development in BHD was actually intentional (as Ridley Scott mentioned) and a good thing because he didn't want the men to grow into distinct personalities. This is not a movie-star's film, but rather, everybody's film. Each soldier we saw on screen represents the millions of real men fighting for our cause out there every day. To give them distinct "quirks" or personality traits would lessen the importance of the men as a whole. Seeing the enormous efforts to save just one wounded man reminds us of the frailty of life, the difficult sacrifices involved (so many men involved to save a man who's dying anyways), and the importance of camaraderie and teamwork. In BHD, just like in real war, every man is important. (Reminds me of the way Obi Wan checked the pulse of a fallen Jedi -- it reinforces the feeling of the deep respect they have for their fellow soldiers in war.) Black Hawk Down and Saving Private Ryan sort of remind me of two sister films because they have similar themes. "Leave no man behind" and "Is it worth the lives of 9 men to save the life of one?" One of my favorite quotes is from Seven Samurai (another Lucas influence). "[In war] He who only thinks of himself will destroy himself." There's so much more to Black Hawk Down that I could write about but I'm afraid I've hijacked this thread enough.