Originally Posted by N8DOGG
A full heli crashes not more than 30 feet from the house, no one wakes up, everyone is surprised when they breach the house. The heli's hover very close to the house, roping out the guys, no one hears that either. Everyone in the house is caught by surprise. Have you ever heard a blackhawk in real life? They are FREAKING LOUD!! Expecially one crashing in your yard, even if you were in a bunker (which they are not) it's impossible everyone doesn't hear a aircraft crash in your own yard. One of the guys I went to the movie with is in the military and even he just had to laugh. It's was still a very interesting movie but that ruined it for me.
The crash happened. And the helicopters hovered. Based on reports of the incident (not talking about the movie here) apparently the electricity to the house was cut-off, so the occupants had absolutely no visibility. So the surprise came from not being able to see what was going on, but the SEAL team could, due to night vision gear. Keep in mind this is Pakistan-- not the US -- not lights everywhere at night. Also, other than the courier and I believe one other person at the compound, there were no bodyguards (no contingent of soldiers to engage). And the courier was shot right away.
The bulk of the people in the house were women and children. As such, the noise or lack of surprise didn't really matter in real life (or thus in the movie). Moreover, there was no where for the occupants to go (no escape hatch, no tunnel). They were holed up on the upper floors waiting in the dark and no match for trained commandos.
Further, as the film depicted, and as apparently happened in real life, neighbors did approach the house due to waking up from the racket, but were warned to stay away in their own language by a SEAL contingent outside the compound. Keep in mind that this home was pretty far away from other homes too and it was the dead of night. Just regular folks in the immediate area.
By the way I saw this in the theater. Great movie. Waaaaaaaaaay better than Argo (Zero Dark should have won Best Picture over Argo). Movie kept you in suspense the whole time, yet everyone knows the outcome. Extremely well done. This was not about condoning or not condoning torture, don't let the politics scare you off. Both my wife and i shrugged afterwards and said why was everyone worried about the torture scenes (very minor part of the movie in my opinion).Edited by caesar1 - 3/13/13 at 10:41am