This past Friday evening the wife and I found ourselves with a free evening and a movie gift certificate to boot! So we made our way to our local Cineplex and checked out what we wanted to see. The wifey was interested in seeing ‘Blood Diamond’. I was somewhat hesitant because I’m a normal man who doesn’t really like Leonardo DiCaprio. But I saw it was about Africa and it appeared to have a good cast, including Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly. For those who don’t know what the story is about, here’s a summary:
“Set against the backdrop of the chaos and civil war that enveloped 1990s Sierra Leone, Blood Diamond is the story of Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), an ex-mercenary from Zimbabwe, and Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou), a Mende fisherman. Both men are African, but their histories and their circumstances are as different as any can be until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond, the kind of stone that can transform a life…or end it.”
While it was definitely not the most comfortable movie to see, it was very powerful and is good to be made aware of the social disasters that are occuring in countries that don’t threaten the U.S. or have oil. Anyone that knows me, knows that Uganda has a special place in my heart, as do the Invisible Children that are suffering. This movie shows the same thing that is going on in Northern Uganda, where children are getting kidnapped to build and arm the rebellion army. They are brain washed and made into child killers.
The movie is very bloody, but it never glorified the violence. They didn’t have anything in the movie that you thought was unnecessary, and I think they presented the illegal diamond trade in a very realistic sense. they show you the innocent people it affects and the process people will go through to justify their involvement. It was just a powerful movie that makes you think about what is going on in Africa where the governments aren’t powerful or honest enough to stop the tragedies. DiCaprio plays a brilliant role, showing that he has indeed become one of the finest actors around. He pulls of ‘Africans’ and a great accent throughout that doesn’t make you cringe like most actors who attempt accents.