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Blood Diamond is directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick and released in 2006. The title “Blood Diamond” refers to the diamonds mined in war zones, as they are mined at the cost of the blood of innocent human lives. War thriller got a total 8 Imbd rating and received five Oscar nominations.
Blood diamond is packed with action and emotions. It tells the dark story of the illegal diamond trade. The diamond in your ring does not only cost you money but it also costs you blood. The bloodshed and terrorism represented in the movie will make you think twice before buying a diamond. Is the wealth of wearing a stone worth a human life?
The movie is set in 1999, Sierra Leone and the county is severely damaged by political unrest. Due to this, the rebels are causing havoc in the country. One such rebel faction, the Revolutionary United Front frequently terrorizes the countryside, threaten Mende locals and force enslave many to harvest diamonds. Harvested diamonds are illegally traded to increase funding for their war supplies.
In such chaos, one local fisherman Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) from Shenge is separated from his family and forced to work in a diamond harvest overseen by Captain Poison (David Harewood), a heartless man.
While working Vandy sees if anyone tries to hide the found diamond, is killed in a second. One day by luck Vandy finds a big pink diamond.
He tries to hide it but is caught by Captian Poison.
As soon as, Poison tries to confront him but the mine area is raided by government troops, both are captured and taken to a prison in Freetown where Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) is also present. Before being captured Vandy smartly hides the pink diamond buries it in the land.
Archer is a greedy American gunrunner, who only cares about money that he gets in the trade of Diamonds and does not care about the cost of innocent human life. He was also captured and taken to the same prison in free town while smuggling diamonds into Liberia.
Captain Poison asks Solomon about the big pink diamond in prison. He rejects the claim but he is caught to attention by Archer. Archer arranges for himself and Vandy to be freed from prison.
Archer travels to cape town to meet Colonel Coetzee (Arnold Vosloo), who commands a private military company. Archer wants diamond so that he can sell it and leave continent forever, but Coetzee wants it as compensation for his failed mission.
Archer returns to Sierra Leone, locates Vandy, and offers him to help his family if he will help recover the diamond.
The terror attack by RUF escalates in Freetown making the situation completely hostile. Vandy and Archer somehow manage to save their lives. The scene is completely horrific to see, there is a lot of bloodshed and innocent lives are killed, only for a baseless war. Small children are shooting guns; this is hard to see but is a true reality for countries like Africa where there is a continuous war between rebels and government.
Vandy’s son Dia is also part of this rebel group. Archer and Vandy escape to Lungi, there they meet American journalist, Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly) who helps them in exchange for evidence of illicit diamond trade. The trio reaches Kono, where Coetzee and is army are preparing to repulse the rebels.
With the help of Maddy, Vandy meets his family, there he learns that his son Dia is captured as a soldier by RUF and his family will also not be released till cease-fire.
After so many efforts and so much pain, he meets his family but still incomplete…..this scene totally brings a tear in eyes.
Archer gives a full story about how the trade works and illegally captured diamonds are converted to legal and exported to the world keeping prices high and controlling demand.
Then Archer and Vandy move to the mining site, Archer in the dream of diamond and Vandy to save his son. On one hand, we see the desperation in Vandy’s eyes to save his son and on the other hand, Dia is getting deep into the soldier business.
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Somehow they both manage to reach the mine site. They wait for the colonel to fire an attack on the RUF mine site, which they will use as a distraction to capture diamonds.
But at the midnight, Vandy slides silently to find his son but is captured by Captain Poison, who threatens to kill him by the hands of his own son.
The camp is attacked by Coetzee, who asks Vandy about the position of a diamond.
He persuades him by threatening to harm his son.
Vandy and Archer play around locating the diamond and kill Coetzee. Vandy finds the diamond but Archer finds Dia pointing a gun at them.
Solomon talks to Dia, makes him realize that he is not bad, and is still loved by his family.
Such love is seen between Vandy and Dia, that it makes your heart full of joy and sorrow at the same time.
Due to sudden shooting, they run to save their life.
Archer talks to the pilot of the aircraft that they have got it, but the pilot tells to get free of Vandy and his son. He ignores him and takes them with him.
He tells Vandy that he has been shot and will not be able to make it, so take the stone and save his son.
He gives his gun to Vandy and tells him to trust nobody, not even the pilot.
Archer in his last times makes a phone call to Maddy; shares his final farewell and asks her to help Vandy to establish somewhere safe with his family. Archer finally takes in the African landscape and dies. Here, we see the journey that archer has completed; he realized the value of human life over his own interests.
Vandy arrives in London and meets with a van de kaap representative with the help of Maddy to make a deal for a pink diamond in exchange for the safe return of his family and money.
Maddy takes photographs of the deal and publishes her article exposing van de Kaap’s criminal actions.
Vandy appears as a guest speaker at a conference on “blood diamonds” in Kimberley, and is met with a standing ovation.
In last we see 40 counties sign agreement to handle the sale of conflict diamonds.
But still, these illegal diamonds are making way to the market. Let’s hope the situation gets better in the real world.
“The makers of this exceptionally foolish thriller starring a most excellent Leonardo DiCaprio want you to know there may be blood on your hands, specifically your wedding finger.”
“These days we think as little about where mall diamonds come from as where grocery store food is grown. Blood Diamond aims to change that fact with a fictional story inspired by facts.”
Plugged In Staff
“Great performances, provocative ideas and gripping action scenes fall prey to Hollywood logic and pat storytelling in the final hour.”
The movie is full of emotions and thrill.
The change in the nature of Archer; from being selfish and caring about only the diamond to his care and affection towards Vandy and his family is lovely to watch.
The movie also depicts brutal aspects of the illegal diamond trade in Africa and makes one realize: Is a stone worth this much?
The story depicted in the movie truly justifies its title “Blood Diamond”.
Loss of soo much blood for a single piece of stone….such a pity to watch. But we are also a small part contributor to all this.
There is still some illegal trading going on across the world, we surely have to understand the true cost of a mere single piece of stone and take our stand.
With a moral and learning given. The movie is a must-watch.