Blood Diamond

Blood Diamond

missed oppourtunity - spikeprint

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Viewer Rating:spikeprint has rated Blood Diamond rating: 1.5 Star

Diamonds are a girl's best friend. They have also been known to hang around with famous celebrities, especially those of the rap variety. They like to adorn the nastiest, tackiest looking pieces of jewellery known to mankind. They are stuck to watches, rings, dogs, teeth, cars, whatever takes the fancy of a bored yet incredibly rich star. But where do they come from? From people like Danny Archer (Di Caprio), a diamond smuggler.   Sierra Leone is gripped by a brutal civil war that sees its people being massacred by warring factions. Soloman Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) has a bright son and a loving wife. But soon his son is kidnapped to join a squadron of child soldiers, and he is split from his family only to be forced to work in the diamond mines. Whilst there he comes across a massive rock, and hides it so he can make a big old ring from it later on (or help his family).   When the government soldiers discover the diamond mine Vandy is put in a prison, only to come across Archer, who is there because of his smuggling operations. Archer discovers that Vandy has hidden the diamond, and makes it his mission to find it.   Modern film seems to be taking more of an interest in the Dark Continent, with two movies in close succession based on actual events that have or are devastating Africa.  But unlike its predecessors, The Last King of Scotland and Hotel Rwanda, Blood Diamond seems to gloss over the facts a little, and concentrates on the action.   Although the action is quite exciting it seems to lack the meaning behind it. Conflict diamonds are a real problem in Africa and a clever director could have used his movie for both educating and entertaining the masses. But somewhere along the way he decided to treat it as a basic thriller, a flaw that turned what could have been an excellent movie into a standard affair.   All actors involved give strong performances, Hounsou proving yet again his depth of emotion in a role, and Di Caprio with his perfect South African accent. But when a film involves such major themes as child soldiers and the exploitation of people more effort should be put into telling the bigger picture. What could have been fantastic stays safely in the middle of the road.

Review published on the 22 June 2007 13:18

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