Blood Diamond(2006):"Touchy,Realistic and make us think twice about buying diamonds. People wouldn't buy a ring if they knew that it cost someone's life."
The movie does shine a spotlight on African problems, some of which still exist today.
The movie takes place in the 1990s, when war was raging in Sierra Leone.
A "conflict" or "blood" diamond was one mined in a warring country, and sold in order to further finance the war.
Worse, many rebel armies in Africa did and still recruit boys sometimes as young as eight or nine, brainwashing them and giving them guns in order to kill.
The main purpose of American journalist Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly)is in Africa investigating blood diamonds.
Archer(Leonardo D Caprio) is looking for a large pink diamond discovered by Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou).
Vandy reluctantly agrees to help Archer, as long as Archer helps to reunite Vandy's family, which was separated by violent rebels.
The problem is that the rebels are also after the diamond, and war rages around everybody.
The two are making their way across a dangerous country, each for his own reasons.
Vandy will stop at nothing to rescue his family, in particular his son, who has been brainwashed into a fighting machine.
Vandy is willing to walk through a war to save his son, and this deep emotional connect slowly breaks through to Archer.
he is both bad and good, depending on what will suit him best. DiCaprio slips easily into this mode - a man who can become casually violent when the situation calls for it.
His actions horrify Vandy, who is a simple family man.
The three lead performances are magnificent and any or all of them are worthy of serious Oscar consideration.
Director Edward Zwick is the perfect man for this kind of material.
He specializes in high end, epic action sequences.
The stunning cinematography by Eduardo Serra is also worthy of note, as he captures the beautiful and the not-so-beautiful spectrums of South Africa.
I found that this film was actually pretty good and would definitely be worth your time.
This is first-class film making across the board.