Blood Diamond

Blood Diamond

Leo's Latest is Bloody Good! - Aidan Lucid

10 Points

Viewer Rating:Aidan Lucid has rated Blood Diamond rating: 2 Star

Before this film was released, I, like many, knew little about the diamond industry's dark history. This latest Hollywood offering highlights the issue unknown to most about the vast amount of blood spilled for diamonds. Di Caprio's current cinema outing may contain a strong moral message, but is it any good?


While walking his son home from school, Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) becomes separated from his family when R.U.F. rebels attack his village. He is captured and forced to work in the mines where he finds a rare and valuable pink diamond. When government troops attack the mines, he is taken to prison. While there, Danny Archer (Leonardo Di Caprio), a soldier of fortune arrested for smuggling, learns about the diamond and befriends Solomon. The two also meet Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connolly) an American reporter when they are freed. Each has their own goal: Archer and his hunt for the diamond, Solomon and his hopes in being reunited with his family and Maddy writing that elusive story about the diamond trade. But will they achieve their goals in the troubled land of Sierra Leone? 


This is a great film but is not for the faint hearted. Directed by Edward Zwick, the action comes thick and fast with each scene moving at a rapid pace. The action however, may offend some viewers. Hollywood as of late, has decided to voice its own opinions on politics and war with such movies as, Jarhead, Syriana and Lord of War. Blood Diamond is no different, accentuating the bloody battles for the exporting of diamonds and the use of child soldiers in doing so. The director uses this in horrifying realism when young boys with Kalashnikovs open fire on defenceless women and children. It may be difficult to watch, but it's part of a sad truth. Despite the very interesting storyline, it does seem at times that the writers ran into a dead end and resolved certain situations in a rather unrealistic manner. Also this movie suffers from being slightly too long. Di Caprio (The Titanic, The Departed) shows his excellent versatility as an actor and does a great job as the mercenary, Archer. Hounsou plays Solomon the courageous father, to perfection with the audience feeling sympathy for the character and his predicament. Connolly (The Hulk, Once Upon a Time in America), holds her own against the other two actors as Archer's love interest. Combined with superb acting and splendid scenery, this film provides a murky insight into a multi-million Dollar worldwide business which makes for compelling viewing. When many elegant women watch this flick, diamonds may no longer be a girl's best friend.

Review published on the 14 March 2007 16:26

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