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[Director Zwick] is craftsman enough that the pace never slackens, the chase scenes thrill, and the battle scenes sicken. And if it makes viewers think twice about buying their sweethearts that hard-won hunk of ice for Christmas, so much the better.
Director Edward Zwick is the Ron Howard of action films. Glory, Courage Under Fire, Legends of the Fall, all gorgeous looking, nicely written, well-acted and thought-provoking movies with violent settings.
Action and message cancel each other out. To put it another way, this movie wants you to be appalled by the real slaughter of Africans by Africans - which it blames on you - but be entertained by the slaughter of Africans by DiCaprio.
Blood Diamond was directed by Edward Zwick, a staunchly mainstream filmmaker who seems most at ease with the language of epic storytelling. If you're in the market for sweep or machismo, he's your man.
In balancing its major motion picture ambitions with thoughtful intentions, this compelling, neo-message movie offers a fresh T-shirt motto for the ongoing campaigns against diamonds that help finance corruption and slaughter: Do the Right Bling.
Blood Diamond deserves kudos for shedding light on the dark underbelly of the diamond trade, but it's too accomplished an action film to have the impact of, say, Hotel Rwanda or even this year's Catch a Fire.
If only Edward Zwick's mastery of the medium had extended to pruning the screenplay and editing the final result, Blood Diamond might have been a tremendous film rather than one worthy of only a lukewarm recommendation.
Africa's enduring sorrow is ripe for drama, but Blood Diamond is, finally, a fitting metaphor for the gems: Potentially brilliant from a distance, but upon closer inspection, one likely will see the flaws.