Blood Diamond (2006)
What does it take to turn someone into a killer? The answer is
different for each character involved in this movie. For some it is
survival. For others it is the hope of escape from a life of hell. For
some it is family. For others it is greed. Caught in the middle of it
all are the children who have such little desire to kill for any reason
that they must be brainwashed into becoming the instruments of their
masters who claim to offer freedom.
Every few years an action movie comes along that has amazing depth.
Terminator 2 and The Matrix are such movies, and so is Blood Diamond.
It is full of characterizations we've seen before, but it's the
interaction that raises this film above the masses. Each character has
an agenda that forces him or her to distrust everyone else. The paths
that some relationships take to develop trust are believable, while
others are equally believable in remaining eternally antagonistic. And
through it all is the realization that while some characters may change
their methodology and morals, none ever change their dreams. Each
character fights for the goal to the bitter end. Such is human nature,
and such is the conflict of Blood Diamond, the conflict of Africa. In
the end, we are left to wonder if peace can ever be attained in such a
world. And somehow we are left believing that maybe it can.
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