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April 24, 2008

I have fought and fought not to see Blood Diamond.  I knew it would be brutal to my heart.  And it is.   I can’t watch more than a few minutes at a time.  I keep hearing the words of Yeshua over Jerusalem. “How I longed to gather you…”

This movie shreds my heart.

  • Okay, so I have been wanting to watch this one anyways, so I figured why not?

    My thoughts: First of all, its LONG. Second, they included a love element without sex! Or even kissing! I am truly impressed that Hollywood could restrain themselves. Altho I must say that it looked like they may have shot such a scene but just didn’t include it in the final edit.

    Third, this movie depicts the sad reality of Africa. Its an entire continent of warring tribes, with feuds that come and go, sides change, reasons change, governments and nations change, but the one constant of Africa is warfare. So complete is it that the people have constant reminders in the physical wounds and the damage around them. And it keeps them from ever really advancing. Such simple things as water and food cannot really be counted on because the farming villages are always among the first of the targets.

  • Okay, so I have been wanting to watch this one anyways, so I figured why not?

    My thoughts: First of all, its LONG. Second, they included a love element without sex! Or even kissing! I am truly impressed that Hollywood could restrain themselves. Altho I must say that it looked like they may have shot such a scene but just didn’t include it in the final edit.

    Third, this movie depicts the sad reality of Africa. Its an entire continent of warring tribes, with feuds that come and go, sides change, reasons change, governments and nations change, but the one constant of Africa is warfare. So complete is it that the people have constant reminders in the physical wounds and the damage around them. And it keeps them from ever really advancing. Such simple things as water and food cannot really be counted on because the farming villages are always among the first of the targets.

  • Joelle

    Haven’t seen it, don’t know that I want to any time soon. I just watched Children of Men, which I found to be absolutely depressing. I hate movies where everyone dies.

  • Joelle

    Haven’t seen it, don’t know that I want to any time soon. I just watched Children of Men, which I found to be absolutely depressing. I hate movies where everyone dies.

  • AJW308

    Love triumphs. While guys will talk about the wisdom of the scene that shows the big difference between a trained soldier and an untrained militia, I think the real appeal of this movie is that good and noble things win in the end.

    Sure the boy has been damaged to his core and will never be the same, it not parts of his heart and psyche have been ripped out and left to dessicate in the African sun. If that doesn’t break your heart or fan the slow burning fire of hate and rage against the forces that drive it, you probably don’t have a heart.

    The minor hero’s son was forced into one of the most brutal environments that most adults will never face. He faced it as a child and was physically rescued by love. That’s where the movie ends (sorry for the spoiler), but you know that that love will be there for the dark days and nights that are sure to come for him, that that love will continue to rescue him emotionally.

    While Christians know that love conquers all, it’s always nice to see that message reinforced. I suspect that anyone who, as a child, was brutalized, may find more comfort in being reminded that not only does love conquer all, love heals all, and love saves all.

  • AJW308

    Love triumphs. While guys will talk about the wisdom of the scene that shows the big difference between a trained soldier and an untrained militia, I think the real appeal of this movie is that good and noble things win in the end.

    Sure the boy has been damaged to his core and will never be the same, it not parts of his heart and psyche have been ripped out and left to dessicate in the African sun. If that doesn’t break your heart or fan the slow burning fire of hate and rage against the forces that drive it, you probably don’t have a heart.

    The minor hero’s son was forced into one of the most brutal environments that most adults will never face. He faced it as a child and was physically rescued by love. That’s where the movie ends (sorry for the spoiler), but you know that that love will be there for the dark days and nights that are sure to come for him, that that love will continue to rescue him emotionally.

    While Christians know that love conquers all, it’s always nice to see that message reinforced. I suspect that anyone who, as a child, was brutalized, may find more comfort in being reminded that not only does love conquer all, love heals all, and love saves all.

  • AJW308

    Love triumphs. While guys will talk about the wisdom of the scene that shows the big difference between a trained soldier and an untrained militia, I think the real appeal of this movie is that good and noble things win in the end.

    Sure the boy has been damaged to his core and will never be the same, it not parts of his heart and psyche have been ripped out and left to dessicate in the African sun. If that doesn’t break your heart or fan the slow burning fire of hate and rage against the forces that drive it, you probably don’t have a heart.

    The minor hero’s son was forced into one of the most brutal environments that most adults will never face. He faced it as a child and was physically rescued by love. That’s where the movie ends (sorry for the spoiler), but you know that that love will be there for the dark days and nights that are sure to come for him, that that love will continue to rescue him emotionally.

    While Christians know that love conquers all, it’s always nice to see that message reinforced. I suspect that anyone who, as a child, was brutalized, may find more comfort in being reminded that not only does love conquer all, love heals all, and love saves all.