Movie Review – Blood Diamond – Gripping

Blood Diamond

Set against the backdrop of civil war and chaos in 1990’s Sierra Leone, Danny Archer, a South African mercenary, and Solomon Vandy, a Mende fisherman are 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.

Thankfully had a little time at the weekend and managed to catch up with this movie, I’ve been wanting to watch it for quite some time and missed it at the cinema.

After winning quite a lot of acclaim and getting a few awards, it sparked my interest, it also scored a very strong 7.8 on IMDB.

I have to say it is a very good movie and Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be winning back a lot of skeptics, especially with back to back performances in this and The Departed.

Once again I’ve always said he was a good actor since watching What’s Eating Gilbert Grape..

DiCaprio and Hounsou

Hounsou put in a stunning performance as the fisherman caught in a civil war, at the risk of losing his family but having the chance to escape it all by finding a huge pink diamond.

The movie is a hard hitter dealing with serious issues much like Constant Gardener it also deal with issues in Africa.

This time however it deals with the issue of Blood Diamonds, diamonds exported illegally from conflict zones that support rebel factions in a civil war against the ruling government.

If the movie portrays reality or not isn’t an issue for me as afterall it is a movie, a work of fiction, not a documentary. You shouldn’t base your judgements or political ideals on what you see in movies. Saying that however, this movie will make you think if you really want to partake in buying diamonds or not as a lot of it true (like the fact the large diamond companies stock-pile diamonds to make them seem rare and keep the price high when stones like Ruby are actually much rarer).

Anyway, if you haven’t seen this movie I suggest doing so, it’s excellent and well worth a watch. Be prepared to be a little depressed after watching it however 😉

I give it a shiny 9/10.

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9 Responses to Movie Review – Blood Diamond – Gripping

  1. in March 19, 2007 at 11:26 am #

    I wish to clarify that the events at Freetown really did happen. The original documentary on the event was shown on CNN about 10 years ago. The actual violence was much more than depicted on the movie. A follow-up documentary was shown on CNN a couple weeks back, and nothing much has changed. The issue of blood diamonds is real.

  2. Cedric Ang March 19, 2007 at 1:04 pm #

    Aight thanx for the review, will watch it. 🙂 Will get depressed eh? Hmm… I’ve been watching really bad movies these days and it’s time for some cool movies. Cheers!

  3. LiewCF March 19, 2007 at 4:06 pm #

    yes, I recommend “Blood Diamond” as well. Great movie! 🙂

  4. Ront March 19, 2007 at 4:42 pm #

    i watched it yesterday….and made me want to run out and get myself a diamond or two.

  5. Elise March 19, 2007 at 6:43 pm #

    Poor Leo has gotten a lot of flack over the years, glad to see that someone still appreciates what a really good actor he is. Loved him in the movie with De Niro as well, called ‘This Boy’s Life’, another must watch movie… 🙂

  6. decypher March 20, 2007 at 6:49 am #

    Blood Diamond is a good movie! A lot of violence though. I pity the young kids who are forced to shoot and kill people.

  7. Kenny Ng March 21, 2007 at 1:04 am #

    It’s a great movie! But too bad Leo died in the end same as in Departed… why these days all hero die in the end?

  8. dcyk March 21, 2007 at 1:43 pm #

    haha, now go catch 300, violence glory and from a woman friend’s point of view, very drollable abs.

  9. ShaolinTiger March 21, 2007 at 2:24 pm #

    in: Yah I’m aware of that, just some of the dramatisations in the movie are not factually correct, and of course the way the whole movie is spun. The issue of conflict diamonds is very real and still is an issue today.

    Cedric Ang: No probs Cedric, if you are looking for a good movie, this is certainly one!

    LiewCF: Hard not to recommend it!

    Ront: Make sure it’s not a conflict diamond!

    Elise: He does have some great performances and I think people are starting to accept him, he’s had a great run over the past few years with The Aviator, Catch Me If You Can, Departed etc.

    decypher: It’s a very sad state of affairs.

    Kenny Ng: It’s the shifting of the Hollywood paradigm of happy endings, finally their movie audiences are maturing.

    dcyk: Hoping to catch it this week.