A blood diamond (also called a conflict diamond or a war diamond) is a diamond mined in a war zone and sold, usually clandestinely, in order to finance an insurgent or invading army’s war efforts. Now while this Wikipedia definition of a Blood Diamond is sufficient enough to pique anybody’s interest in a movie of the same name, no one could ever guess what the actual movie had in store for us.
Right from the first frame which shows an amazing sunrise scene of the wonderful (yet often misunderstood) African continent to the last frame which once again ends with some mindblowing visuals of the lovely African landscape.
The movie itself deals with the travails faced by Solomon Vandy (played by Djimon Hounsou, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role), a fisherman who is captured by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone, and the Pink Diamond that he finds while working in the diamond fields.
The story revolves around how Danny Archer (played by Leonardo DiCaprio, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor In A Leading Role), a soldier of fortune, happens to hear about the rock and promises Solomon assistance in rejoining with his family who got separated during a RUF raid on his village.
While Danny Archer starts off with a purely selfish motive of acquiring the diamond for himself, the travails that the duo go through in quest of the diamond changes his entire perspective about the situation in Sierra Leone and his priorities in life.
After a demanding struggle the men find the mining camp of the diamond’s unearthing under RUF control. Here, Solomon is painfully reunited with his son Dia, who in the meantime has been recruited by the RUF and has become a seasoned veteran at the particular brand of ethnic cleansing that the RUF believed in.
How the movie ends up is something that has to be watched in person and not to be disclosed in this review.
All in all, this is one movie which opened my eyes to the true situation in Africa which is strife with civil war, the small good deeds of ordinary people which go a long way in changing lives, the sheer callousness of human greed, the grim reality which the Diamond Industry had to face not so long ago. A must-watch movie at any cost.