One movie review that I read was written by James Berardinelli. Overall he believed that the movie was great but there were a few things that he didn't like about the movie. The one thing he didn't like about the movie is that he felt that it was too long. He said that it sometimes went by very slowly and the movie being 2 hours and 20 minutes long didn't help. He said that he liked how the movie was shown very realistic and showed how children get brainwashed into joining the rebels. I would have to agree with Berardinelli on the movie being longer than it should have. Other then that I thought it was a great movie. Seeing it in class was the second time I've ever seen it and it was worth it. The movie showed all the troubles that people have to go through because of the civil war, in which is still going on till this day.
My favorite character in the movie is probably Maddy Bowen, played by Jennifer Connelly. I thought that she was a great character to have in the movie because unlike Danny Archer she actually wanted to make a difference in what was happening in Sierra Leone. She was a journalist and she wanted to write the perfect story on the way diamonds are smuggled and exported illegally. She also talked about how people lived and the struggles and wrote the story on how the Vandy family reunited. A struggle that she faced in the movie was that she couldn't find evidence on how the diamonds are exported illegally. Without evidence she couldn't make a case and nobody would believe her. It was finally resolved right before she saw Archer for the last time. He gave her a book that had peoples names and account numbers that was proof of illegal activity being done for the diamonds.
One of the many quotes that stood out to me was said by Danny Archer. He was talking to Solomon Vandy trying convince him on telling him where the diamond was hidden. He said "Look, I don't give a fuck about you! That diamond could be priceless! We split it and you get your family, yes or no. Yes or no!". The reason why this stood out was because it shows how selfish people can be over money. All Archer wanted was the diamond and was willing to lie, cheat and steal his way on getting it. Solomon didn't care about the diamond. The only thing he cared about was the safety of his family. The only reason he helped Archer in the first place was because Archer promised to help him get his family back. Archer wasn't selfish for the while movie. At the end when he was dying of a bullet wound he realized that there was just no point in trying anymore. He gave the diamond to Solomon and fought off a few army men then passed away.