Posted on 1/23/11 02:28 PM
"It Will Cost You Everything"
This film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actor (DiCaprio) and Best Supporting Actor (Hounsou).
Diamonds mined in African war zones and sold to finance conflicts, and the. Set during the Sierra Leone Civil War in 1996-1999, the film shows a country torn apart by the struggle between government soldiers and rebel forces. During all this, it portrays many of the atrocities of that war, including the rebels' amputation of people's hands to discourage them from voting in upcoming elections. But, i dont understand why did rebels kill their own people randomly? Pointless violence.
Reading between the lines - The heart of the picture is the human cost! Characters see the wealth of the diamond and are destroyed by it.
What does it take to turn someone into a killer? The answer is different for each character involved in this movie. For some it is survival. For others it is the hope of escape from a life of hell. For some it is family. For others it is greed.
Im afraid to say this movie was entertaining considering its showing sad and awful side of reality. People keep using the word "entertain" in discussing this film, and I don't understand it simply because this movie was not meant to "entertain." Unlike many movies these days, it is meant to inform. Another claim I've read: "If you can get past the violence, it is a great film." Well here's a thought: you're not supposed to "get past" the violence. It is presented in such a way that makes us grateful for every second of our lives. If you want to be entertained, see Mission Impossible.
DJIMON HOUNSOU was brilliant. High quality performance.
Leo did a very good job with the accent.
I read that Warner Bros. Pictures had promised that 27 actors who were amputees would receive prosthetics once the film shoot was done. Several months after the completion of filming, the prosthetics had not been supplied, and the studio reportedly told the amputees they had to wait until the release of the film to maximise public relations. In the meantime, a private charity from the Eastern Cape in South Africa assisted in supplying prosthetics to the amputees. Shocking!! If this is true Warner Bros. shame on you!!
One bad thing, Leo doesnt look tough enough to be an ex special force soldier and also when he acts tough it just comes out cheesy. Stick to Titanic Leo.
The GPS unit that Archer has in his hand while calling for the air strike is from the Garmin GPSMAP 60 series, which was first introduced in mid-2004, and present time suppose to be 1999.
Danny tells Maddy the "story" - "By the time they get to India... they become like any other diamonds". Diamonds cannot "become like any other diamonds". Crystal structure, colour, shape - any diamondeer can tell where the diamonds come from.
Overall, its an excellent gripping drama thriller with hint of action and sentimental spirit.
Check out Blood Diamond, your "bling" may never look the same again!