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Blood Diamond (Widescreen Edition) (2006)

Art House & International movie directed by Edward Zwick

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Solid action film with a message

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Blood Diamond is one of those "Public Awareness" films that accomplishes its goal without relying on much preaching. In a way you could easily classify Blood Diamond as being a Hotel Rwanda film for audience members who aren't in the mood for pure drama. So instead the issues are mixed into a classy, well thought out action thriller. More recently we saw this concept used well in District 9, which addressed the issue of racism, slums, and xenophobia in South Africa. This contemporary method of informing the public often turns in good films when done right and Blood Diamond does it right.

Though not the greatest film dealing with conflict in Africa it draws enormous amounts of strength from Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Housou (both earned Academy Award nominations for their roles) who play a mismatched pair that has to work together. DiCaprio is Danny Archer, a white mercenary (who specializes in smuggling conflict diamonds to fund private wars) from Rhodesia (modern day Zimbabwe) who feels that by getting his hands on a rare "blood diamond" he will have enough money to leave Africa and retire. This diamond has been found, but the only one who knows of its location is the man who found it: Solomon Vandy (Housou). Vandy's son has been abducted by the guerrilla forces and after escaping slavery at the hands of the rebel group he meets Archer and makes an agreement that he will help him find the diamond, but only if he assists in rescuing his son.

A wonderful film with the expert direction of Edward Zwick, Blood Diamond is a good film. I suppose my only gripe with the film would be its lack of concentration in regards to the conditions of Sierra Leone. Some things are just simply skimmed over, such as the issue of child soldiers, which I thought was one of the main issues the film was supposed to address. I don't know if this has to do with regulations on what you show children do on screen or what, but it definitely felt as if it was cut short.

Regardless, this is a tight film that gets its message across while remaining an engaging, entertaining thriller. DiCaprio and Hounsou were at their very best in each scene.

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review by . December 15, 2009
Decent plot, good cast, good watch, but fades afterwards. Like many movies these days. Recommended for any Leo fans and a decent watch all in all, just not the best.
review by . June 11, 2007
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Very compelling and well acted film showing all the corruption and suffering that go into producing the world's diamond supply. Leonardo DiCaprio was excellent as a corrupt adventurer who seeks out diamonds for some shady London businessmen. He comes across a man in prison who claims to have found a huge diamond. DiCaprio strikes a deal with him to help him locate his family if he will lead DiCaprio to the diamond.    Loaded with action and some "disturbing" violence. The only …
review by . April 11, 2007
I've made a point of passing by any movie with meaningless violence. The kind that is all about sensationalism, or worse, a more degrading kind of titillation for those who get off on scenes of women being objectified and thrashed to a bloody pulp. All too many of those on screen today. More on that topic elsewhere.     But I sat down for this movie, as filled with heartrending violence as it is. The difference? This violence has meaning. It is historically accurate, and this …
review by . March 30, 2007
Blood Diamond was a film that I didn't really want to see but I wanted to see. I didn't want to see it because the things I was told about it didn't really make me too happy. Blood diamonds or conflict diamonds are diamonds mined in war zones and sold to finance the conflicts. I remember as a child my mom would tell me that there're places in Africa where you could walk down the roads and find diamonds and jewels in the ground. Of course I didn't totally believe her then cause I was like 6 but after …
review by . March 26, 2007
A rare and sizable diamond is found by a worker in a warlord's diamond mine. This adds even more turbulence to an already volatile situation as different forces attempt to seize the 'blood diamond.'    In a certain sense I found this film to comparable to 'Babel' - it tells s story that reveals an uncomfortable truth about our world, but remains grounded and personal with its perspective. Focusing of a few principle characters - with each actor/actress giving a solid performance …
review by . March 23, 2007
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Edward Zwick delivers the goods with BLOOD DIAMOND, a tense and very compelling film about the greed and bloodshed that surround the diamond industry of Sierra Leone. Though a bit too long at two and a half hours the story is not only a dramatically viable one for a film, but it also has much to say about human interaction and the sanctity of friendship.    Solomon Bo (Djimon Hounsou) is a fisherman who becomes indentured to the evil men who search for diamonds after being separated …
review by . February 06, 2007
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`Blood Diamond' is an excellent adventure. Skillfully intersecting the lives of three key figures, we get more than a soap box lecture from the liberal left. Hardly preachy, the movie has natural developments and dialogue that are organic to the story and its delivery. Some of the heart-stopping violence and the tender timeouts are testaments to fine timing and storytelling. Meaningful throughout, we witness how greed and violence scar the lives and landscape of developing Africa. However, the film …
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Leonardo DiCaprio puts a handsome face on an ugly industry: In parts of Africa, diamond mining fuels civil warfare, killing thousands of innocents and drafting preteen children as vicious soldiers. DiCaprio (The Departed) plays Danny Archer, a white African soldier-turned-diamond-smuggler who gets wind of a large raw jewel found by Solomon Vandy, a native fisherman (Djimon Hounsou,In America) recently escaped from enslavement by a brutal rebel leader. Archer offers a deal: He'll help Vandy find his war-scattered family if Vandy will share the diamond with him. Drawn into this web of exploitation is journalist Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly,Little Children), who agrees to help if Archer will tell her the details of how conflict diamonds make their way into the hands of the corporations who sell them to the Western world. DiCaprio is compelling because he never flinches from Archer's utter ruthlessness; Archer ends up doing the morally justifiable thing, but only because his desperate greed has led him to it. Hounsou and Connelly, though saddled with all the moral and political speeches, rise above the cant and keep the movie's treacherously formulaic plot rooted in human characters. But in the end, the story won't stick with you as much as the dead stillness in the child soldiers' eyes; the horror of African civil strife refuses to be contained byBlood Diamond's uplifting message--and the movie is all the more potent as a result.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Edward Zwick
Genre: Foreign
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
Runtime: 143 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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