Blood Diamond


Blood Diamond

Critics Consensus

Blood Diamond overcomes poor storytelling with its biting commentary and fine performances.



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Set against the backdrop of civil war and chaos in 1990's Sierra Leone, "Blood Diamond" is the story of Danny Archer--a South African mercenary--and Solomon Vandy--a Mende fisherman. Both men are African, but their histories as different as any can be, until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond that can 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 Maddy Bowen, an American journalist whose idealism is tempered by a deepening connection with Archer, the two men embark on a trek through rebel territory, a journey that could save Solomon's family and give Archer the second chance he thought he would never have.

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Leonardo DiCaprio
as Danny Archer
Jennifer Connelly
as Maddy Bowen
Djimon Hounsou
as Solomon Vandy
Kagiso Kuypers
as Dia Vandy
Arnold Vosloo
as Colonel Coetzee
Antony Coleman
as Cordell Brown
Benu Mabhena
as Jassie Vandy
Basil Wallace
as Benjamin Kapanay
Anointing Lukola
as N'Yanda Vandy
Marius Weyers
as Van de Kaap
Anthony J. Coleman
as Cordell Brown
Stephen Collins
as Ambassador Walker
David Harewood
as Captain Poison
Bouba Badiane
as Tupac T-shirt
Ato Essandoh
as Commander Rambo
Ronnie Nyakale
as Digger No. 1
Percy Matsemela
as Commander Zero
Nick Reding
as British DFID Minister
Tony Kgoroge
as Troop Leader
Klemens Becker
as German Minister
Akin Omotoso
as Peacekeeper
Chimène Costa
as Red Cross Worker
Grant Swanby
as UNCHR Official
Dini Nondumo
as Mende UN Worker
Tau Maserumule
as R.U.F. Soldier No. 1
Adetokumboh M'Cormack
as R.U.F Trainer
Martin Abdul Jabbar
as Guinean Guard
Gaurav Chopra
as French Journalist
Karl McMillan
as Aussie Journalist
David S. Lee
as Cockney Journalist
Jonathan Pienaar
as SA Cameraman
Sonni Chidiebere
as Kamajoor Headman
Nhlanhla Mavimbela
as Child Solider 1
Mfuno Pisani
as Child Soldier 2
Phado Bahola
as Child Soldier 3 (Indoc)
Thabang Mothle
as Child Soldier 4 (Indoc)
Buhle Seya
as Child Soldier 5 (Indoc)
Sizwe Makapela
as Child Soldier 6 (Indoc)
Winston Ntshona
as Old Mende Man
Carol Behane
as Mother at the Bridge
Nigel Harman
as News Reporter
Clare Holman
as News Reporter
Kedibone Tholo
as Prostitute
Koketso Mojela
as Prostitute
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Critic Reviews for Blood Diamond

All Critics (215) | Top Critics (54) | Fresh (135) | Rotten (80)

Audience Reviews for Blood Diamond

  • Nov 09, 2013
    Powerful and heartbreaking. Devastating to know that things like this happen. I just don't understand how Leo hasn't won an Oscar yet, if I hadn't seen him any other film before this I would of thought he was South African.
    Beth M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2013
    Blood Diamond is another cinematic tour de force. It is a film that opens the eyes and moves every bit of the soul, a powerful story that lets the world face what it cannot even look at. DiCaprio was brilliant.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2013
    Blood Diamond is yet another film I heard so many great things about, but never got around to seeing until recently. Taking it for what it is Blood Diamond is good political war thriller providing the lavish set pieces at the cost of telling an equally potent story. Blood Diamond follows a fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond. Credits to the screenwriters for tackling a subject matter that could have been easily ignored and over-dramatize. I can't speak for the accuracy in portraying diamond struggling in Sierra Leone since I know nothing on it. It does a decent job in the context of the movie portraying the issues in both the good and the bad terms of it. The plot is formulaic and the protagonist is not one I found myself rooting for. He simply uses the people around him for his own needs and the climax came off as a cheap trick to sympathize for him. I find it hard to root for my hero when he insist on leaving his partner son for death for his own needs. As for characterization there's plenty of it. It's quite amazing the main characters were fleshed out given how crowded the plot is with political commentary, diamond smuggling, a reporter writing a story, a father journey to get rescue his son, and other sub plots jumble together. This is both good and bad. Good because it means something is always happening on screen. Bad because certain subplots will get more attention leaving out on the dust. While it tackles more than it could chew the focus on how the obsessive search for a large, rare pink diamond consumes those who get too close to it and political commentary prevents the story being wasted. Leonardo DiCaprio is excellent in the leading role. He's able to portray the many shades of his character as well as the internal conflict within himself. Saying DiCaprio got to the root of his character and making it his own is cutting it short. His south African accent is something he's not able to hold through the end. You'll likely forget that DiCaprio was not meant to portray an American. Djimon Hounsou is even more impressive than DiCaprio. This is because when it comes to emotional sake Hounsou has more to work with. He more than sells the idea that he is a father searching for his son. His scenes shared with DiCaprio are the best moments of the film. Jennifer Connelly plays the cliche idealistic journalist wanting to make difference. She's given some bad dialogue to work with making her come off as naive at times. A respectable performance as she holds her own with such powerhouses as DiCaprio and Hounsou, but not as memorable due to bad writing. The direction is beautiful and exciting when it time for a action set piece. While nothing here visually sticks to your mind the cinematography does it job complementing what's unfolding onscreen. Blood Diamond flaws prevents it from being great, but is nonetheless a well made political thriller. With an effective political commentary, great cast of actors, and fined direction Blood Diamond is a good political thriller even with it shortcomings.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer

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