Monday, September 28, 2015

Journal 5: Blood Diamond Review from Lexia Wilson

The movie Blood Diamond takes place in Sierra Leone in 1999 during the African Civil War. The main characters are Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou), and Maddie Bowen (Jennifer Connelly). The value of this movie is that it gives a representation of what the war in Africa actually look like. This is a very action packed movie with a theme of manipulation. Throughout the entire movie there is manipulation such as cutting of the hands of civilians to the manipulation of the mind of the young to boys to make them into cold blooded killers. I would strongly recommend this movie to anyone who is curious about Africa because this movie easily puts an image in your mind that will stick with you forever. It also gives you an idea about what those little boys went through mentally. An example of this is when Dia, Solomon's son almost shot his father because he had been brainwashed and had no idea who he was. A Long Way gone is perfectly written so it is very detailed so that it puts a picture into your mind. After watching the movie it makes it a million times easier to see that picture and fully understand how it really was in Africa. The character that was most meaningful to me was Solomon Vandy because it was ready to go to the end of the world to get his family back.
Solomon Vandy killing the man that took his son Dia.
In reading the reviews I learned that even though I thought the movie was fantastic doesn't mean that everything was exactly factual and completely correct. I also learned that reading some reviews that have the opposite interpretation than I had can be beneficial because it gives you a different way viewpoint to think about the movie in. "The picture emphases the death, destruction, and exploitation that has occurred in Sierra Leone since the rise of the diamond; driven entirely by the jewelry corporation and unabashed greed." This quote came from a review from by Brian Orndorf. I agree with this quote because the movie really does a fantastic job on showing how the exportation of diamonds reflects the amount of destruction in Africa.


  1. I like your picture, that was a powerful moment. A moment of revenge. I agree about the other reviews, many people were negative about it but it did not change my view of it being a good film. It was just interesting to see their viewpoint.

  2. I thought the same thing about the movie helping picture the war. The book does do a good job of using imagery, but the movie just gave it a added picture.


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