We see both sides of the conflict and as the other reviewer comments, both sides are equally disorganized and seemingly crazed. The rebels, called LURD are determined to removed Charles Taylor, for what reason, we are told he harbours international terrorists by the Americans and is accused of war crimes. They provide no evidence for this however. To the other reviews who commented on the negative image of the U.S., it is unfortunate that you cannot accept the truth about your country, but if you notice their are many people interviewed who are pro Americans, yet the Americans do little except, astonishingly, send out Marines to protect beer shipments to the embassy while the city is being mortared. It is noted how many of the weapons are are American and it's pretty amazing that a high powered rifle can be bought for less than $20 in Africa.
I have read many accounts of U.S. involvement in developing countries and how their misery is exploited for their own ends. This film shows this ugliness firsthand and as much as the U.S. ambassadors and military try and spin things, it's obvious they care little about the country, except, as the ambassador freely admits, as so far as the shipments of raw materials back to the United States. I have always had mixed feelings about the UN and their role in governing world affairs, yet what can you say about an American force that stays for only 1 month after the rebels finally win? It seems it is international forces of the UN that do the real work in rebuilding the country.
I watched this movie with amazement and incredible sadness for these people living in such horribly poor conditions, colonized to the point where they have lost their language, their religion, exploited by the West and left to destroy themselves. Their elected leader overthrown by rebels who are supported by western powers. If you ever doubted that these small impoverished nations are mere pawns in the international chess game, this movie will remove any doubt. The saddest thing is that the war and death seemed so pointless in the end, little was gained except the removal of one man. Perhaps it is the American influence, the belief that all evil is concentrated in one "bad guy", and that the solution is his removal. Pity life is never that simple.