Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Exploration 5

Exploration 5

Diamond was one of the best movies I watch so far. It shows the struggles
diamond creates in that particular part of the world. Many critics mention the
length of the movie as one of the weakness. Several of them agree that there
were many ludicrous and ridiculously unrealistic scenes serving to leave the story
bereft of credibility. I was bit disappoint to read the New York Times reviewer
on blood diamond. To me it was outstanding blend of history, reality, truth,
and piece of action. The strength of the movie was it had good intention to create
awareness on conflict diamonds.
One main character in
the movie was Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) is a fisherman in a quiet village
in Sierra Leone. He has a wife, a baby daughter, a daughter, and a son, Dia
(Kagiso Kuypers). He is especially proud of the boy, who at 12 is a good
student who dreams of becoming a doctor. But all that is changed when the
heavily armed rebels who are fighting Sierra Leone's government troops roll
into town and slaughter men, women, and children as if they were exterminating
rodents. Solomon's family escapes death but soon after Dia is taken away to be
trained as a child soldier with the rebels. Solomon is captured and forced to
work in a camp mining diamonds. The money the rebels get for the diamonds is
used to buy the arms they need to carry on the war. One day the fisherman
discovers a large pink diamond and manages to bury it before it is discovered
by Captain Poison.
Dialogue is very important in this movie. One of the
conversations I remember the best was when captain poison a rebel who was in
charge of turning the young boys into vicious killers. He singles out Dia and makes
him shoot somebody, to justify in actions he said “you think I am devil, but
that’s only because I have lived in hell. I want out.” Once I hear this quote. It
makes me think twice. There must been same thing done to this people to make
act inhumanly toward their own people or may be the captain himself in

1 comment:

  1. Jama, you know, I think some reviewers of films like this really don't understand the world. They are sheltered and they have lived, perhaps, an isolated life here in the US. They don't understand how much of the world and how much of the US too, actually, undergoes incredible amounts of struggle, violence, and challenge just to meet the daily needs of life.

    So when they see a film like this, they tend to think it's unrealistic. Maybe they HOPE that it's unrealistic. Yet we know if we really look at the truth, this is part of our world. I appreciate the movie to try to show us the effects of war. We need to have understanding and knowledge to truly have a better world. I think if we face the facts, there is great hope in that, because then we can begin to work together in a way that is not ignorant.

    I'm very happy you liked the film and thanks for your post, even if it's late!