Blood Diamond

Blood Diamond

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Blood Diamond

Set against the backdrop of civil war in 1990's Sierra Leone and the African diamond industry, 'Blood Diamond' follows Danny Archer (DiCaprio) - a South African mercenary - and Solomon Vandy (Hounsou) - a Mende fisherman. Together, both fellas are on the dangerous hunt for a rare pink diamond, the value of which could 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 an American journalist (Connelly), they embark on a trek through rebel territory, a journey that could save Solomon's family. From 'Last Samurai' director, Edward Swick.

2007Rating: R16, depicts grpahic & realistic war scenes143 minsUSA
AdventureDramaThriller
Director:
Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai, Courage Under Fire)
Writer:
Charles Leavitt
Cast:
Leonardo DiCaprioDjimon HounsouJennifer Connelly
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Reviews & comments

Fascinating, but the 'action' side is boring

It's a fascinating topic, but I found the 'action' side of it boring and not really needed.

3.0
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adventure and drama against a political backdrop.

The raw side of the diamond smuggling is shown perhaps for what it is. This is a movie where a hint of reality is merged with action overacting. di Caprio does a good job as does Hounsou playing the part of family man subjected to the brute force of the revolutionary oppressors. We should all see this if only to once again see the how of "why do we do...

4.0
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Touches the conscience

A good story that ends relatively happily!!, a bit less action and a bit more "reality" might have made the story more realistic and compelling.

4.0
0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

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Essentially a romantic adventure story with politics in the background—an old-fashioned movie, I suppose, but exciting and stunningly well made...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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It is brain-fryingly boring. Here we have a film with all the gravitas, humane purpose and epic length of a classic, but with a lukewarm, uninvolving and slow-moving story, and with characters whose every action is predictable from at least an hour off. Director Edward Zwick tried to make a great movie, but somewhere in the process he forgot to make a good one...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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DiCaprio is terrific, but he can't save this lecture from the shame of using Africa as a vehicle for another white man's redemption...

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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

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That Blood Diamond penetratingly, and sometimes punishingly, shows precisely how this is the case without ever turning into some kind of lecture is its triumph...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Like the gem in question, it's just too big, too pretty and far too precious for its own good...

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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An ambitious film that can be viewed as either half empty or half full, "Blood Diamond" attempts something difficult and problematic. It can be pulled apart or appreciated, depending on your mood, but it should be recognized that movies like this have become as rare and potentially valuable as the stone that sets its plot in motion...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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To the unlikely role of a Bogart-esque reluctant hero, Leonardo DiCaprio brings an intensity that compels even when the script falters...

0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

Essentially a romantic adventure story with politics in the background—an old-fashioned movie, I suppose, but exciting and stunningly well made...

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

It is brain-fryingly boring. Here we have a film with all the gravitas, humane purpose and epic length of a classic, but with a lukewarm, uninvolving and slow-moving story, and with characters whose every action is predictable from at least an hour off. Director Edward Zwick tried to make a great movie, but somewhere in the process he forgot to make a good one...

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

DiCaprio is terrific, but he can't save this lecture from the shame of using Africa as a vehicle for another white man's redemption...

0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

That Blood Diamond penetratingly, and sometimes punishingly, shows precisely how this is the case without ever turning into some kind of lecture is its triumph...

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Like the gem in question, it's just too big, too pretty and far too precious for its own good...

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

An ambitious film that can be viewed as either half empty or half full, "Blood Diamond" attempts something difficult and problematic. It can be pulled apart or appreciated, depending on your mood, but it should be recognized that movies like this have become as rare and potentially valuable as the stone that sets its plot in motion...

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

To the unlikely role of a Bogart-esque reluctant hero, Leonardo DiCaprio brings an intensity that compels even when the script falters...

0

Fascinating, but the 'action' side is boring

It's a fascinating topic, but I found the 'action' side of it boring and not really needed.

3.0
0

adventure and drama against a political backdrop.

The raw side of the diamond smuggling is shown perhaps for what it is. This is a movie where a hint of reality is merged with action overacting. di Caprio does a good job as does Hounsou playing the part of family man subjected to the brute force of the revolutionary oppressors. We should all see this if only to once again see the how of "why do we do...

4.0
0

Touches the conscience

A good story that ends relatively happily!!, a bit less action and a bit more "reality" might have made the story more realistic and compelling.

4.0
0