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Film Review : Blood Diamond

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Film has been integrated as a form of leisure enjoyed by many ever since its development began in the late 17th century. As the authors of Gender and Popular Culture claim, the genuine strength of visually represented media, including films, lies in their ability to create meaning and shape the lenses through which consumers perceive the world around them (Milestone and Meyer 2012). As Milestone and Meyer suggest, this power can be dangerous, due to their ability also to silently propagate the dominant ideologies upheld by a few in the elite class, which may “distort and misrepresent reality” (2012:17). The mediated contents are charged with many ideological messages that consumers often passively take in. Blood Diamond, released in 2006, is one of these films that seems to at least start out in display of the images of mediated ideologies.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, and Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond is a film directed by Edward Zwick, with themes including war, politics, and race. DiCaprio and Hounsou were nominated at the Academy Awards for their performances in the film, and the movie itself has received generally positive reviews (Metacritic 2007). Taking place against the backdrop of atrocious civil war in Sierra Leone, the story revolves around the rough diamonds found in the conflict zones, acquired through illegal means to serve the selfish interests of people implicated in their trade. The characters in the film demonstrate interrelated
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