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Blood Diamonds Movie Review

It's one of those movies that walk you through a plethora of emotions you never you you had...unless you watched Hotel Rwanda or Cry Freedom. Blood Diamond is several stories mixed into one but basically explains what the blood diamonds are, who trades in them and the effects of the whole thing.

I must confess that it is a nicely done film with Leonardo Decaprio giving one of his best performances alongside some little known actors who did just as well, at least I think so. Djimon Hounsou did very well as  Solomon Vandy.

This movie does two things most movies don't give you: the big picture and the small picture.

The Big Picture

It is an explanation of the economics of the civil war on a global scale. Who is buying the diamonds in the war torn country? Where do they end up? How do the rebel finance their course? It's all in there.

The Small Picture

Is in the details of how Solomon Vandy's family is affected when his village is attacked by rebels and how he stops at nothing to find them again. It is the story of how Danny Acher (Decaprio) stuggles with wanting to get out of this trade and just cannot let go of this opportunity to do so but  his demons are in hot pursuit.

By the time the movie ends, you will be angry at someone, I promise you. 

I was.

Some reading shows that the movie is not entirely historically accurate but I think it does justice to expose the blood diamond trade...and it could easily be substituted with oil and other commodities in this raw-material-rich Africa I come from.

I highly recommend that you watch this movie but 

Be warned:

It is not for those with "weak constitution". The violence is quite graphic and it is emotionally charged. You will find yourself amazed with how cheap human life can be.

Watch Blood Diamond and be unnerved. 

Noah The Movie...And Why I Don't Recommend It

I had been looking forward to watching this movie for quite a while. Among other reasons, was the fact that I just like Russel Crowe’s acting. He is top notch. He has made some really good movies in the past that I had watched. I think his performance in “A Beautiful Mind” was a masterpiece.

But I digress.


Out came Noah and I watched it…once.


And I am not sure I will watch it again.


Seriously.


Not after you watch movies like “Joseph” and “The Prince of Egypt” to mention a few. Take your time to read the reviews and you will see why. I am sure they have their own shortfalls but compared to Noah, they are far much better.


This director, Darren Aronofsky, had way too much liberties that do not make Biblical sense.


My expectation was that this movie is based on the Bible, so, as a Jesus Follower who loves theatre, I was keen to see, among other things, how accurate the movie was going to be to the Biblical text.


A big disappointment within the first minute…and not to mention the whole movie.

Turns out that there are a lot of things that are just not in the Ancient Text that just don’t add up.

Some of them were beautifully covered by this movie review so I will not go there.


I am just saying, if anyone is going to make a movie out of the Bible, I think it is only fair to stay as true to the text that has proven even more historically accurate than most texts of a similar nature.


Really…so for me, Noah get five thumbs down.

It was that bad…in my honest opinion.