Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Blood Diamond

We came out of the movie ‘Blood Diamond’ & didn’t say a word to each other for the first ten minutes. It’s a good movie, but one that haunts you even days after you’ve watched it. The brutality of the civil war, the sheer number of the child soldiers & the scenes of anguish, horror and hopelessness just stay with you.

The movie is staged in Sierra Leone in 1990s, at the beginning of the insurgency against the government to seize control of the diamond mines. The irony strikes you almost immediately…how a country rich in the world’s most precious stones, is one of the poorest countries in the world; how the people killing over these diamond mines have never owned a diamond themselves; how easy it is to believe in the power of the gun in a world where poverty has killed hope & compassion; how a beautiful stone has a story behind it of blood and mass-murder.

A pity Leonardo didn’t win an Oscar for this one…he has done a great job with his character & the Saffie accent (yea, yea).

8 comments:

Kanishka Agiwal said...

It is a beautiful movie. The scene where Solomon grabs his son and gives the touching speech about how he is his father and how he is a good boy. Or when Di'Caprio calls Conelly during his last moments. And the whole nexus of conflict diamonds.

Brilliant story.

Destitute Rebel said...

Every where I go I'm reading about blood diamond, i guess i gotta go and watch it.

Radha said...

Kanishka, I liked those scenes too.

DR, you MUST watch the movie!

Lotus Reads said...
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Lotus Reads said...

Oh, now I want to watch this movie, too! Wasn't the African actor also nominated in the best supporting actor category? Did you think he turned in an Oscar performance as well?

Radha said...

Hi Lotus,

I'm not sure abt the oscar; but he has done a terrific job. I think the award went to the guy from 'Little Miss Sunshine' who was great too.

Nabeel said...

this was surely a great movie, DiCaprio's acting was just awesome. And the movie touches a very real and concerning fact. Gruesome reality .. ahh what they do to voters.

Radha said...

Hi Nabeel...
Thats true, the movie is so 'real' it makes you uncomfortable.