A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. DiCaprio's performance that raises this film above it's standard Hollywood fare of a script although it is a solid script into something memorable. Hounsou they make an engaging trio you can't help rooting for. And when provoked to violence, the result was absolutely chilling. Bowman comes back to Sierra Leone, finds Vandy, and offers to help him discover his family on the off chance that he will help recuperate the jewel.
I found the script allowed my care for the characters to grow as the story progressed, and was not overly manipulative. I thought she and Leo worked wonderfully together, as well, and along with Mr. He was able to make the audience feel the gamut of emotions his character experiences during the course of the movie- pride and hope, fear, outrage, resignation, mistrust, desperation, and determination, and beautifully rises above the somewhat limiting way his role was written. The more natural ending is on the mountainside -- you'll know what I mean when you see it. With a set of natural instincts that lends a non-showy, believable quality to all of his performances, versatility, and movie star size charisma that fills up the screen and emotionally hooks the viewer into his character and story, it is hard to think of another male American actor with the exception of Johnny Depp who is consistently giving an audience its money worth; these two gentleman have taken the reins from Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, as those two Oscar-winning future legends of the silver screen gracefully age into more mature roles.
I rate this a ten because I had the privilege of going to Sierra Leone after the war and participate in one of the war crimes trials there at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, created by the Sierra Leone government with the United Nations. DiCaprio's performance is impressive, certainly the best by him I've ever seen: he is totally believable as a white African. The movie tells the facts about conflict diamonds quickly and accurately. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Put this movie at the top of your list.
Awarding him an Oscar for Blood Diamond would not be a big enough compliment for the way he aced the role of Danny Archer. Characters see the wealth of the diamond and are destroyed by it. It is 1999 and the troubled West African nation of Sierra Leone is ravaged by major political unrest. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Knowing about the pink jewel in jail, Archer orchestrates himself and Vandy to be liberated from confinement.
Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. I liked Blood Diamond a great deal, but do not think it is a great film. Description A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. Coetzee and his private army also turn up in the region, having been contracted by local authorities to repulse the renewed rebel offensive. Because the story line is so true, and the acting, writing, directing, locations, people, and photography are all superior, I must admit prejudice toward such a high rating.
These three people decide to come together to find this diamond, but along this path, they face bad things …. With his performances in 'The Departed' and now 'Blood Diamond,' I think I need to reappraise my own biases against him. One such awful nearby is angler Solomon Vandy Djimon Hounsou from Shenge, who is isolated from his family and relegated to a workforce managed by Captain Poison David Harewood , a merciless warlord. Archer and Vandy narrowly escape to Guinea, where they plan to infiltrate Kono with an American journalist, Maddy Bowen Jennifer Connelly , in exchange for giving her inside information on the illicit diamond trade. The political agenda of the film isn't as cloyingly bombastic as I was afraid it might be.
When told that Americans are in part to blame for conflict diamonds she responds with a line about 'not all girls want a fantasy wedding. The film shares a great deal thematically with a film like 'Treasure of the Sierra Madre. In Blood Diamond, it is Mr. They were expected for Rudolph van de Kaap, a degenerate South African mining official. In comparing it to other recent films about Africa, I didn't think this was quite as good as as Hotel Rwanda, but better than The Interpreter, The Constant Gardener, and The Last King of Scotland.
Djimon Hounsou is nothing short of incredible and I'd be astonished if he isn't considered at Oscar time. Although it was not filmed in Sierra Leone, it captures the reality of the country to a remarkable degree. Some of the early reviews that I read painted 'Blood Diamond' as hysterical left-winger cause-head paradise. The former returns to Sierra Leone, locates Vandy, and offers to help him find his family if he will recover his prize. I felt an emotional engagement with the characters I didn't experience in the latter three films.