Blood Diamond - Leonardo DiCaprio - Jennifer Connelly - Djimon Hounsou
I am in front of the cinema. I notice that the film Blood Diamond is attracting attention of many people. The queue is big, but this fact is normal here in Brasília. The city loves cinema. However, this time many will be surprised with the film. In the queue there are people from all backgrounds. I am not sure if they are prepared. I have already seen the film and I know what is going to happen. From the first pictures, the carnage is prevailing. It is cruel, bloody, without disguise, but there isn’t any exaggeration or unreality. Reality is there and a quick look at the news shows that. It is a world exposed without fear or limit, as I have seen so few films. This time nothing is invented, shown to shock or to cause tension. It is the world in which we live and that’s all. How many located wars are there in the life of 6 billions inhabitants of this world, in which, less than 1 billion control everything? One could even try, but it is impossible to ignore…And what we can see on the screen it is the struggle for Power, some who have already that power wish continuance, others who claim to be rebels, but intend to have the Power to do the same, it has always been this way, and vengeance is bigger than men. With the same colours, the same violence, the same lack of interest by people. The film is violent, or better, exceedingly violent. I do not like violent films for nothing. But it isn’t this case. It takes place during the civil war in Sierra Leone, with moments in Zimbabwe, Guinea, Silesia, and Angola. Some moments recalled me the film Tears of the Sun. But Blood Diamond goes further, or furthest. Is it possible to be caring, sweet or contemplative, in this existence where millions of people lose their lives because of wealth which will never be theirs? Whatever is this wealth and wherever it is, gold, ivory, rubber, communication, oil, and in this case, diamonds. It will never belong to the people. These will only be supporting actors, dead, or, if alive, poor, massacred, unaided, without houses, without families, without future, without friends, without life.
Although apparently they believe they are living. The surprise which I mention in the beginning has one reason. The director (Edward Zwick – Legends of the Fall and The Last Samurai) does not spare anything or anyone. It will not surprise if the film does not have any nominations for the Oscar, because the insensibility of Hollywood is there during the 137 minutes of this unique performance. However, I will be supporting the film. In the story all are villains. No one wins regarding the essential reflection about what is shown. This pink diamond (“the bigger of the world and the most desired by magnates of London”) shows the worst of this war which does not happen only in the “producing countries”. It crosses hundreds upon hundreds kilometres and it goes to explode in the big cities considered as “civilized”. The dispute for diamonds recalls me some scenes from a book called The Reverse of the Coin, but here once more Blood Diamond goes further. The movie does not allow us to be indifferent. Yet the condemnation should attain everybody: the war, the world masters, those who imprison Power or want to conquer it. The only who is acquitted dies before any judgement, it is the people. It is impossible not to mention our policy, but this time I am not going to be explicit. The end is a real find of creation; I was imagining how the director would end everything. Normally, they not succeed exactly at the moment of ending the story. The way he has found is sensitive. Having finished, we are sure that it is a film which slaps us in the face, showing us that the first thing we have to do in order to change the state of things is to be aware of reality.