Hollywood has always traveled to faraway places or at least tricked out sound stages to spin yarns about moral calamity perfumed with the exotic. Archer sees the priceless stone as his ticket out of Africa, and he pulls every trick in the well-connected mercenary's handbook to attach himself to Solomon. I saw this film around when it first came out and let me tell you, it was the most terrifying thing I had ever experienced. There are a couple of ways to look at Blood Diamond. Leonardo DiCaprio, similar to his performance in The Departed, is believable, strong, and convincing.
The film follows their journey through war torn Africa, the jungle and the rivers. Archer has no interest in cooperating until he needs Maddy to help him help Solomon. I like this movie very much for displaying war and greed as it does. Captain Poison and an equally ruthless Sierra Leone Army colonel are also obsessed with the pink diamond. In 2002, with the successful conduct of nation-wide democratic elections, the war was declared over.
The film is about Sierra Leone but it is obviously not set in the West African country. Why is Blood Diamond rated R? Solomon hopes to reunite with his wife and three children, from whom he has been violently separated; Danny just wants a score big enough to pay his way permanently out of Africa. It's certainly one of the best movies of 2006, with nomination-worthy performances from DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and especially Djimon Hounsou, an actor of great fire and dignity who somehow manages to avoid venturing into cliched, noble sidekick territory even though he is almost always cast as the cliched, noble sidekick. That day, after Solomon picks up his son on the way back from school, Communist rebels raid their village. . Come on Jen, you are better than this. It is against their ritual to touch a woman when they are in action — which explains why incidence of rape was completely absent among the Kamajors, as various commentators have observed.
With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Why can't you be a gorgeous writer? I as an audience felt waves of different emotions, hope, pride, fear, mistrust, desperation and determination. When Captain Poison and his troop of thugs storm into town, Solomon's wife and three children manage to escape, but Solomon is sent off to work in a diamond mine. DiCaprio's shady character getting the biggest laugh line—timed to a pause in the steady pursuit. Human Rights Dialogue, Spring 2003 Initiatives—and Responsibilities—in Stopping Harmful Trading Practices Leif Wenar, Sheffield University In a series of four articles, Wenar discusses how consumers in rich countries unknowingly buy goods unrightfully seized from citizens of poor countries, and what can be done about it. There is something to be said about the state of Africa, something needs to be done, but Blood Diamond is not the messenger bringing the news to the people, it is more of a footnote on a much larger document. She knows that only Danny will be able to get Solomon to the rebel mining camp and back safely.
Policy Innovations article, December 2006 Rachel Makabi, Carnegie Council More than 90 percent of the diamonds that enter the U. Danny is only interested, however, in helping Solomon get the hidden diamond. Edward Zwick has made a film of conscience and power, and those that accuse it of over-sentimentality have a jaded Fantastic Film. They team to find a pink diamond that could change their lives. The film is intended to be watched by all adults as it is an eye opener and gives us an opportunity to see the side of history we were not aware of. Because those puppies seemed a button away from seeing the light. Language: - Use of coarse language, terms of deity used as expletives, and racial slurs.
This is an incredibly exciting and emotionally powerful story, but the filmmakers keep interrupting it with too much war action. In fact the landscape tells you this is Mozambique, in Southern Africa — close enough to Sierra Leone in recent experience but very far indeed geographically. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! The movie shows Maddy Bowen publishing in her magazine the complete story of her journey which later led to a conference on blood diamonds that actually took place in 2000 in Kimberly, South Africa. They do this with the help of a pretty white female journalist from America, Maddy. The problem is that the diamond story is allowed to run completely berserk, making almost everyone in the film look silly.
This is an incredibly exciting, emotionally powerful story, but the filmmakers keep interrupting it with too much war action. Their campaign was distinguished by gratuitous attacks on civilians, including the crude mutilations of women and children. When Solomon finds and quickly buries a pink diamond of breathtaking quality and size, it becomes one of the most pursued treasures since the Maltese Falcon. I have to admit, as I stated earlier, that this is a powerful thriller. Coetzee is Archer's former commander in 32 Battalion, the most decorated unit of the South African Border War, made up of Angolan and Rhodesian soldiers and white South African officers. He arranges for Solomon's release from prison and offers to help him find his family in exchange for the diamond.
Di Caprio has, almost overnight, become a mesmerising, morphing, magnificent actor. I know several older teens who have watched and loved this film for its power in bringing to light the above-mentioned issues. Primarily we associate it with fantasy, either in the gory netherworlds of the Hostel or Saw movies or the escapist universe of Bond and Bourne, where tension and excitement overshadow the realities of torture, mutilation and death. Solomon buries the diamond before the soldiers capture them. I think it comes at par with other movies I have seen like Hotel Rwanda. DiCaprio's motives come into view.
It is easy to argue, from a distance, that the good economies of Botswana and hundreds of thousands of jobs elsewhere cannot quite compensate for the lives lost in Sierra Leone or Angola. Sexual content isn't bad, has flirting. Go and rent this, you'll learn a lot about what happens when you buy a diamond, and where the money goes. And certainly big-budget Hollywood action films are plenty loud and plenty clamorous, and the volume is only turned up to shrieking with the addition of the international heartthrob who, by sacrificing himself on the altar of love in conquered a generation of young female fans the same demographic most likely to brandish a rock on its ring finger. Knowing my kids, I let them watch it and explained things, events and actions as they were portrayed.
Besides, the filmmaker wants to show how an ineffective government can lead to suffering of its citizens. Both men are African, but their histories as different as any can be, until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond that can transform their lives. Less than two years later, the document is all but forgotten. Do you agree and if so, what are the ways that this can be implemented? She wants to expose the blood-stained hypocrisies of the diamond trade to the world, but she needs Archer to go on the record with names and dates and bank account numbers. Without me, you're just another black man in Africa, all right? The movie shot in South Africa and Mozambique is an adventurous, thriller movie with strong violence and social conscience, disturbing political and sociological insights. The movie carefully conveys the message without really lecturing the audience.