Sunday, December 03, 2006 at 2:29 pm | Posted by McGarmott
This is the thirteenth film I saw at the Hollywood Arclight Cinema.
I can't believe I spent a grand total of 39 bucks to watch this film 1.5 times.
Anyway, it didn't hit me as hard as The Last Samurai did. This film has other purposes, however - it's like an environmental message movie, the movie is there for purposes other than entertainment. It seeks to combine entertainment with a message that will hopefully move the audience to do something (or, in this case, to not do something). As a matter of fact, the film addresses two issues - blood diamonds and child soldiers.
Mention Sierra Leone and people will think of ... that Western director. Ah, what's his name ...
Sergio Leone, you dick.
Just like how so many of my American friends have no idea where to place Malaysia. One guy who's sure he knows where it is ... in fact identified Northern Thailand as Malaysia.
But no, it is an African nation. To us, one African nation is just the same as the other. If we can do better we realise that northern Africa is kinda different from western Africa, that central Africa is mysterious, and that Lesotho is completely enclosed within South Africa ... but otherwise it's simply that country with lots of violence and bloodshed, war, cannibals, some resources but mostly poor like Hell, etc etc.
The story is set there.
Go watch it.
All the actors are good in it.
Except I was wondering why did they plant Jimi Mistry and Michael Sheen in it for such a short duration of the movie. It doesn't help that Sheen just played Blair in The Queen.
How Good I Think The Film Is: 7.5/10
How Much I Like The Film: 7/10
At What Point Did I First Look At My Watch: 15 mins