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Blood Diamond
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Directed By
Edward Zwick

Written By:
Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz

Cast:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, Arnold Vosloo, Basil Wallace, Jimi Mistry, Michael Sheen, Marius Weyers, Stephen Collins, Ato Essandoh, Percy Matsemela, Nick Reding, Grant Swanby, Winston Ntshona, Zenzo Ngqobe, Clare Holman, Karen Haacke, Tyrone Keogh, Tony Kgoroge, Jonathan Pienaar, David S. Lee, Adetokumboh M'Cormack, Antony Coleman, David Harewood, Ronnie Nyakale, Klemens Becker, Akin Omotoso, Chiméne Costa, Martin Abdul-Jabbar, Gaurav Chopra, Karl McMillan, Nathaniel Ramabulana, Carol Behane, Nigel Harman, Kagiso Kuypers, Benu Mabhena, Anointing Lukola, Ntare Mwine, Bouba Badiane, Dini Nondumo, Tau Maserumule, Adetokumboh M'Cormack, Sonni Chidiebere, Nnamdi Onyeiwu, Nhlanhla Mavimbela, Mfundo Pisani, Phado Bahola, Thabang Mothle, Buhle Seya, Sizwe Makapela, Mduduzi Mabaso, Mlungisi Hlophe, Kedibone Tholo, Koketso Mojela


 
Blood Diamond (2006)
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Movie Review by Justin
March 20th, 2007

Blood Diamond

And it's Tuesday again and today's topic is "Blood Diamond" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Housou and Jennifer Connelly. I should tell you straight away that this is a nasty, brutal and difficult movie to watch. Not because it's based on a true story. No, it's because it's based on the present. While the places in the movie change, the events that happen are real.

The story is about a poor fisherman in Sierrra Leone (Housou). One day while walking his son home from school, militant rebels attack his village. He makes a stand and fights while his family escapes, but is captured. In leiu of torture or execution, they send him to work mining for diamonds. "Conflict" or "blood diamonds" as they're called. While mining for them he runs across a pink diamond. He realizes how rare it is and tries to bury and escape with it. He's caught and almost killed when a Government strike hits the camp and he escapes. He's displaced from his family and thrown in jail. While in jail a diamond smuggler named Danny Archer (DiCaprio) hears the story of this pink diamond and strikes a deal with Vandy: if Vandy gets Archer the diamond, Archer will get his family back to him.

I'm sorry for that, by the way. If you've seen this movie you'll know I just butchered the plot and made it sound almost like a two-bit action movie. The complexitiy and intensity of this movie and the subplots therein can't be described in a paragraph. No, I could write a four page essay on the plot of this movie and I still don't think I'd do it justice. The real meat of this movie is politically motivated in showing how dirty and greedy the diamond industry is and how ignorant we are and are willing to remain to get said diamonds.

While I don't want to get into too much of a political rant on this subject, I will say this. If you're thinking of buying a diamond any time soon: watch this movie.

But, who's going to like this film? Difficult to say really. I'd almost say if you liked "Lord of War" you might like this one. Of course, if you're a fan of DiCaprio, I thought he did better in this one than he did in "The Departed." (And I liked "The Departed"). But, it is a brutal and sad tale of what seems to be everyday life in parts of Africa.

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Zara
Mar 20, 2007 11:47 PM
 
I certainly hope it's better than THE DEPARTED. I'll have to check it out.
Lisa
Mar 21, 2007 9:16 AM
 
It totally is.... Djimon Hounsou super hot and he can act (who'da thunk it) and DiCaprio's South African accent is suprisingly good. 2 big thumbs up from me ;)
Zara
Mar 21, 2007 3:55 PM
 
Oh, I've liked him since Amistad and he was excellent in IN AMERICA as well.
Justin
Mar 21, 2007 12:52 PM
 
It is, although I enjoyed "The Departed" (except the ending). But the acting and depth of this movie were so much richer than "The Departed" and if you're even remotely a fan of DiCaprio, I'd reccomend this one.



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