Solomon is a fisherman in Sierra Leone who finds a huge diamond and attracts the attention of smuggler Danny, who promises to help him find his family in exchange for the diamond. Usually not one to get involved, Danny begins to see the emotional side of diamond smuggling while helping Solomon and befriending a journalist hoping to expose the brutal diamond business.
Leonardo DiCaprio (Danny), Djimon Hounsou (Solomon), Jennifer Connelly (Maddy), Kagiso Kuypers (Dia), Arnold Vosloo (Col. Coetzee), Antony Coleman (Cordell), Benu Mabhena (Jassie), David Harewood (Capt. Poison).
Blood Diamond is an interesting and emotionally captivating film that pulls the audience in several directions at the same time. The brutality over diamonds in Sierra Leone is disturbing and brought to life quite graphically in the film, almost immediately creating a sympathetic audience. At the same time, we are made to loathe Danny with his cold, business approach to diamond smuggling. As the plot advances and Danny becomes more emotionally involved with both Solomon and Maddy, we find his humane side when he is forced to choose between morality and money. The story ends with a strong emotional note and a mild twist that is very satisfying.
DiCaprio did very well in Blood Diamond delivering an emotionally compelling and convincing performance. Hounsou also did nicely bringing a contrast to DiCaprio while at the same time connecting with him well. Connelly was good as well, delivering nicely with a somewhat incomplete role. The remainder of the supporting cast did nicely.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done and fit the film well throughout with good natural scenery as a bonus. Effects were action based and pretty good for the most part. Dialogue was good though accents were a challenge at times. Sound and soundtrack were also nice and the film appears to have had a good budget.
Overall Blood Diamond is a solid merging of action adventure with drama resulting in a emotional roller-coaster of a film that that is well worth watching. Those who like intense drama will likely enjoy this one the most.
With plenty of foul language, graphic violence, blood and gore, and adult concepts save this for older teens and above.
Blood Diamond is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
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Star rating: 4 out of 5
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