A mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these man join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense values and rescuing the fisherman's son, conscripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed across the alternately beautiful and ravaged countryside. Directed by Edward Zwick, this urgent, intensely moving adventure shapes gripping human stories and heart-pounding action into a modern epic of profound impact.
The level of horrific, real African style violence in this film is maximum. I have no doubt that there have been many times where this is an accurate portrayal of the life and times of South Africans. It does not make for easy viewing and you will leave the sofa at the end of this film feeling shocked, angry and bitter. Is it better to see such barbaric, savage brutality or to be sheltered and serene? Personally I would prefer to believe that it is uncommon and leave it at that. If you want to see what Edward Zwick thinks it was like, go ahead but will it make you better?