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01/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Blood Diamond" by Yojimbo

A fisherman caught up in the civil war of Sierra Leone reluctanctly teams up with an amoral smuggler to retrieve a precious stone in the hope that it will secure freedom for his family. Edward Zwick has made a career of making worthy adventure-with-a-message movies which have tended to be a cut above the usual Hollwood action blockbuster fodder, and Blood Diamond is very much in this tradition. Rather than a deeply insightful analysis of the political situation, it is more of a straight action adventure that uses the conflict as a colourful backdrop to the story. Not that it doesn't have any points to make; it highlights the cynical complicity of the West in the conflict diamond trade, and the "politics" of the warring factions whose ideologies extend no further than greedy and corrupt se...

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04/24/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


This movie introduced me to this versatile actor named DJIMON HOUNSOU (acted as SOLOMON VANDY in movie). Very impressive. But he was getting close to stealing the spotlight from LEONARDO DICAPRIO (DANNY ARCHER in movie). Not that DICAPRIO failed miserably. It's not that. I believe it was a combination of the character's significance in the whole story and just simple pure good acting. From SOLOMON's standpoint, it was all about the search for his son. From ARCHER's standpoint, all that mattered was finding the diamond.
ARCHER, however, had a change of heart. He found out in the end that he was pursuing the wrong thing. He found love instead. And true friendship. To him they were more brilliant and precious than any gem of this earth.

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12/24/2007 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Blood Diamond

A lot of people hyped this film up for me so I had a lot of expectations prior to seeing it. I am happy to report that it did live up to my expectations. Even though I think it was a bit too long, the story kept me interested due to its moving scenes and the characters' interactions. Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou shine as they portrayed two characters with very different incentives and later on developed an unlikely bond. The film also made me see diamonds in a different way. Prior to purchasing one, I'll definitely think twice whether to do it or not (most likely my decision will be the latter after seeing this movie). This is the kind of cinematic experience that I will remember for a long time, like "Hotel Rwanda," because of the violence and the government's role in people's li...

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11/01/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Leo, Hounsou and Zwick make a great team.

I am sure that the fact that I was born in South Africa influenced my opinion of this film. Since many people have commented negatively on Leonardo DiCaprio's accent, lets start with that. I saw this movie with my Mom who lived in Africa for over 40 years, and we both agree that he did a pretty good job of it. I am not implying that there weren't flaws in it, at times his accent did slip a bit, but his inflection and his use of local colloquialisms (the way he enunciates the word 'brah' - brother - is right on the money), for the most part, were very convincing. After all the hype that surrounded Titanic I must admit I formed a slight disdain for young Mr. DiCaprio, but the more I see of him, the more I believe he is an excellent actor. This is not the type of film I would have assoc...

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