Blood Diamond Reviews
Brutal scenes show the dominant RUF forces in Sierra Leone enforcing their horrific tactics while highlighting the corrupt political setting at the time. The film is incredibly violent at times, but it fits as an attempt to inform viewers of the horrific reality of the brutal blood diamond trade in Africa. In two hours and twenty-three minutes, the Film tells a snippet of the real story of the civil war that occurred in Sierra Leone from 1991-2002. It isn't a documentary, but it shows some of the facts and figures of a major conflict while presenting an entertaining movie that poses a question in my mind. What do we place value on and why? For Solomon and Danny Archer, all their aspirations lie in a rock mineral that weighs less than an American quarter, and unfortunately, this is matched on a much greater scale. The Blood diamond trade is disgusting and real. Over three million lives lost to these intrinsically worthless gems. While it didn't hit the diamond trade as much as it should, Blood Diamond is an exceptional exotic action film that has a paramount sociopolitical context.
'Blood Diamond' showcases an amazing performance from South African DiCaprio, and features likeable characters surrounded by world of chaos and destruction. Issues with the movie lie with it's erratic pacing, overlong run time and ultimately cliche story, which is done in such a way that you know the ending way before you should do. Overall though, a solid drama for a rainy day.
DiCaprio, Djimoun Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly all give outstanding performances and play very well written and fleshed out characters.
The cinematography is gorgeous and the score by James Newton Howard is haunting.
This movie will make you think twice about buying a diamond ring!
Well acted. The main trio does great in this film where the characters and they're development is key. Great story, still very easy to figure and predictable at many turns. A good thing there is many of them then. Cliches - plenty of them, and the film is using most of the big tricks, but it works. Most of them. Not that cliff ending, though. It get's a bit much at times, like calling in an air-raid (like it's no problem) and then running around in the middle of it. Pretty darn idiotic.
I liked the film, but there are moments where I don't know if the main thing here is to fill it to the max with action, or keep the story and message.
7 out of 10 yah's.