Set in Sierra Leone, BLOOD DIAMOND explores the role of diamond trading in the African civil war of the late 1990s. Narrowly escaping death when his village is invaded by Revolutionary United Front (RUF) militia, fisherman Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) is enslaved at a diamond mine and has his family taken away from him. When he discovers an unusually large stone he buries it, knowing it might be his only means of retrieving his family. While Vandy is imprisoned, white African diamond smuggler Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) overhears an angry RUF leader shouting at the farmer about the missing diamond. Seizing the opportunity, he gets Vandy out of jail, then offers to help find his family in return for half the stone's worth. United by a common goal, the two men clash over drastically different values, but manage to stick together in pursuit of the prize. Meanwhile, Archer crosses paths with intrepid American journalist Maddie Bowen (Jennifer Connolly), whose obsession with uncovering the truth about conflict diamonds lands her in the middle of the bloody action. As the three embark on a dangerous journey filled with close calls, unlikely bonds form that threaten to change Archer's unfeeling ways. Meanwhile, a subplot involving Vandy's beloved son shows us the horror being done to and by child soldiers at the hands of the so-called freedom-fighting rebel forces. Addressing a serious subject with passion and skill, director Edward Zwick (THE LAST SAMURAI) delivers impressive action sequences that feel horrifically real without seeming excessive. While some critics have lambasted the film for its Hollywood elements, no one can argue against BLOOD DIAMOND's noble intentions or its stellar performances. To most viewers, the film is likely to provide a disturbing and educational insight into a world many know little about.
Blood Diamond- Excellent film
I saw this film the first day it came out in England, and i must say that this was one fascinating film for the mind. The acting was absolutely excellent and the casting was just perfect.
This is an excellent film which is acted out very well by all the actors! This is a film about the diamond smuggling and the use of child soldiers in Africa, who shoot the innocent in different villages, which within this film you will see, portrayed very well by the actors but also make you think what on earth this world has come too as this is what is happening in real life!
I am not going to give anything away as you got to see this film as it is very good to watch! I gave it an excellent rating as its got action all the way through it with a strong well acted story line!
The climax of the movie is decidedly sweet-hearted without being saccharine. Unsentimental and not going the way that cynics might have incorrectly predicted, the closing scenes complete each main character's arc in a way fitting in with what has preceded them. Whether or not the circumstances are as realistic as the rest of the movie is another story, but the end result is worthwhile, seeing that the ultimate goals of the characters' are either achieved or not in a masterful way from a narrative standpoint. Does it overstep the boundaries? No, but one still cannot question the ambition or morality of every single scene, beginning to finish.
"Blood Diamond" is an expertly crafted motion picture that so far qualifies as one of the year's best releases. This movie is strong throughout, without viewing itself as some holy, immensely important picture. It sees the central issue as being of importance, not itself.
Definitely worth recommending.
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Set against the backdrop of civil war and chaos in 1990's Sierra Leone, Blood Diamond is the story of Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) - an ex-mercenary - and Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) - a Mende fisherman. Both men are African, but their histories as different as any can be, until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond that can transform their lives. While in prison for smuggling, Archer learns that Solomon - who was taken from his family and forced to work in the diamond fields - has found and hidden the extraordinary rough stone. With the help of Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly), an American journalist whose idealism is tempered by a deepening connection with Archer, the two men embark on a trek through rebel territory, a journey that could save Solomon's family and give Archer the second chance he thought he would never have.
Highly under-rated - This is in my top 5 films of the last two or three years, with another powerhouse performance from an actor that so many people dislike, You just have to look at his acting in films like The Departed, The Beach, The Basketball Diaries, Gangs of New York and Catch Me If You Can to realise how talanted DiCaprio actually is. An outstanding movie and it opens up a world that some would rather the general public never knows about. If you never gave a thought to where the diamond you just bought or "put on" came from before seeing this film, then I'm sure you will now x
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Blood Diamond (DVD)
In Ed Zwick's movie The Last Samurai, Tom Cruise singlehandedly sorted out feudal Japan. In his follow-up Blood Diamond Leonardo DiCaprio does much the same for Africa. Sporting what may well be a plausible Zimbabwean accent, the boy wonder plays a tough diamond smuggler drawn against his will into Djimon Hounsou's search for his son, who has been kidnapped by Sierra Leonean rebels. But what Leo really wants is the massive diamond that Hounsou has hidden in the jungle.
On their quest to find the elusive diamond and Hounsou's missing kid, our heroes encounter Jennifer Connelly, playing an implausibly gorgeous foreign correspondent with even less plausibly rigid principles. Naturally, she and Leo fall in lurve and she teaches him to be a better man.
If you can ignore Zwick's colonial bombast, Blood Diamond is quite a ride: a gripping tale of greed and exploitation set against a background that seems constantly on the verge of explosive violence. It's the sort of film that mainstream studio Hollywood does extremely well - handsome, an expensive production, classy acting, unobtrusive direction and a good story. Plus, it's a relief to find an Oscar-baiting prestige product like this that actually has a story to tell and a degree of thematic depth - nothing world-shattering, but an interesting examination of exploitation as a concept.
"A ROOTIN' TOOTIN' YARN"
Shame, then, that the African side of the story gets so little attention. While Leo and Jennifer have good crunchy characters to play with, the always brilliant Hounsou is stuck with an underwritten, saintly tribesman type. Director Zwick has a tendency to lecture the audience about the dirty business of "conflict diamonds", but his film is too simplistic to function as an effective political commentary. However, as a rootin-tootin boy's own adventure yarn it works just fine.
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Blood Diamond is a film that everyone should watch and most people will really enjoy, this film is yet another classic staring Leonardo DiCaprio who by now has surly distinguished him self as Hollywood's best current actor, some here comment on the accent he works with during the film, but that's only because its not the usual voice everyone is used to hearing him speak but it is how people speak from some areas of Africa where his character is from, so once again DiCaprio delivers a premium performance like so many of his films before including The Departed released again earlier this year. While on the subject of actors is also fair to point out that Djimon Hounsou is also first class in this film again after Gladiator and this defiantly one of Hollywood's finest
This film hits on some very real issues regarding power struggles, violence and ethnic cleansing throughout certain regions of Africa and shows how ignorance in our society helps fund such actions.
On top of the social message this is a great film to watch, very well thought out fantastic storyline original in its settings, gritty realism and entertaining throughout.
If you don't watch another film all year watch this, I reviewed The Departed earlier this year, saying that was the best film of the year so far, but now this is the best by far, I will be very surprised if a better film is released this year, this film is 5 stars through and through without question how anyone could even consider giving it less credit is questionable.
Some reviews are even deducting stars for some sub plots that they feel reduces the realism, such as the relationship between DiCaprio and a western journalist, in my opinion these sub plots help widen the target ordinance which is good because it helps spread the message to a larger number of people and the realism is still there.
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