Many critics have given this movie a C+ like Entertainmant Weekly or a 4/5 like Empire Magazine. The Empire Magazine believes that Blood Diamond "falls maddeningly short of greatness in its final hour, partly because of an abundance of subplots." With Solomon and Archer, there is Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly), who is a war reporter just in from Afghanistan, who is trying to get Archer to help her in her story about the diamond trade. The Empire Maganize also believes that her acting is "faultless", and Connelly’s presence leads to a romance that simply stores up trouble for later, in a overheated climax. I completely disagree with Empire Magazine. I believe the climax was different and was not expecting what happened to happen. Since this movie was made to tell the real stories on what was going on in Sierra Leone at that time, I believe all the little subplots and little information giving is very important. Another thing that I disagree with would be, Jennifer Connelly acting as Maddy Bowen. It was not "faultless" as Empire Magazine puts it. Sometimes I believed that Connelly character in the flim was not important. The story line on how she is starting fall for Archer, is completely irrelavant to the real story that they were trying to a accomplish.
Solomon Vandy played by Djimon Hounou, who is a a simple fisherman, who becomes the victim of a raid on his village. He is captured and by aparing his arm, he is sent to the diamond fields to work sifting for precious stones in the river. There he finds a big diamond and burys it but the captian of the rebels find out about the diamond. However he is caught by the government soliders, where in meets Archer who agrees to help him find his family in trade for that diamond. While his son is recruited as a child soldier by the rebels and has been brainwashed. A conflict he faces is that is family is nowhere to be found. Vandy then agrees to give Archer the diamond, if Acher find him his family. In the end they are all reunited with his family witht the help of Archer, Solomon keeps the diamond and trades it in for money and his family to come to London.
Dialogue is the most important part of a moive. A quote that I remembered was when Archer was talking to Maddy about him and he says, "Sometimes I wonder... will God ever forgive us for what we've done to each other? Then I look around and I realize... God left this place a long time ago." This dialogue stood out to me was because it helps the audience reliaze what is going on in this place without actually showing it. When he is saying "God left this place a long time ago" helps the audience think about what is not shown in the movie. Also, this shows that Archer, does care about making a difference in the world but since he has no help, he doesn't do anything.