YMMV / Blood Diamond

  • Homegrown Hero: It's about a Rhodesian and a Sierra Leonese surviving the Sierra Leone Civil War... with the obligatory bystander/love interest being an American journalist.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Every scene, from the start of the RUF raid on Solomon's village up to the final conversation between Danny and Maddy.
  • Poverty Porn: Discussed. Maddy, an American journalist, starts writing a report about the social ravaging caused by the wars in Sierra Leone, but grows frustrated because she feels it won't make real effect, comparing to advertisements of starving children. Guilted by her vexation, the listening Archer starts admitting his inside knowledge of the blood diamond trade, giving her report a stronger call to political action.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The stuff about diamond mines being run by slave labor because the diamond industry really doesn't care how many puppies are raped in the name of profits? Actually mostly true.
    • Fun fact: Supposedly, De Beers diamond company, suspected (though unproven) of making a deal with Executive Outcomes during the conflict, had their sales drop after the film's plot was made public.
    • It also emphasizes that even people who have engaged in evil have the potential to consciously choose good and redeem themselves. This is shown in the film through a real-life home for former child soldiers which, through kind treatment, gives them a chance at a normal life.
  • Special Effects Failure: Jennifer Connelly's character had a tear digitally added to her face when Danny calls her cell phone as he's about to die. In a movie filled with plenty of real tears (probably including some from the audience) the fact that this one is fake is really obvious.
    • There's also one during the firefight where the press convoy is attacked. The van Danny and co. escape in gets its rear window shattered out by bullets, but the front window remains completely intact.
      • Jossed, possibly. At least three bullets go through the windshield, one of which kills the driver. As they drive away, the back of their car is faced diagonally toward the shooters in question. Thus, the windshield is the farthest and most obscure target, and so the bullets go through the side and rear windows without crossing the front of the car.