Commentary on Blood Diamond- Katherine Roberts

This weekend, I finally set aside a full three hours to watch a film that I have heard great things about, Blood Diamond. This film tells the story of a diamond smuggler, set during the Sierra Leon Civil War, who forms an acquaintance with a local African named Solomon in the hopes of finding the large diamond he buried while working. Solomon has lost his son to the African army and is determined to find him and bring him home. There are multiple war scenes during this film, all of which provide vivid imagery of the innocent African’s loosing their lives and having their families torn apart. The dynamic between these Archer and Solomon provides an incredible story line that forces these two worlds to collide: the smuggler and the fisherman. This film also depicts the tragic struggle that many African families faced during this time, a struggle that many Americans are unaware of, or lack full knowledge about. It shed light on the harsh reality of consumerism, and what goes on behind the scenes. I thought this film was incredibly well-made and easily one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s best performances. I am interested to watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s other film, The Departed, which was released the same year as Blood Diamond and also has received incredible reviews.

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