Cinema: Soldiers On The Screen

AN UNSPARING PORTRAIT OF MEN UNDER FIRE, BLACK HAWK DOWN IS AN UNFORGETTABLE FILM

They're just kids--late teens, early 20s. They mainly believe in God, country and kicking ass. About religion and patriotism they are straightforward and uncomplicated, pretty typically American. Kicking ass is a different matter. At that, a Ranger or a Delta Force soldier is a world-class expert--superbly trained, heedlessly brave, a figure set very much apart from the rest of us. In large measure, that's because his elite military status has given him something he didn't find in school or on the streets back home--that fierce pride in self, unit and mission that accrues when you are volunteering your life to be,...