Blood Diamond

Blood Diamond

Edward Zwick (2006)

143min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
A mercenary Zimbabwean diamond smuggler might seem a stretch for the once impossibly baby-faced Leonardo DiCaprio, but this thought-provoking action thriller offers a superb showcase for his developing talents, despite an occasional lapse into Hollywood sentiment. For a time it seems the film will be as good as DiCaprio, starting with the surprisingly savage opening scenes of a tiny fishing community being torn apart by guerrillas in war-torn Sierra Leone in the 1990s. A wonderfully low-key Djimon Hounsou plays survivor Solomon Vandy, whose discovery of a rare and priceless stone while working in the diamond fields attracts the attention of chancer Danny Archer (DiCaprio). Archer agrees to help Vandy find the family from which he was taken in return for recovering the diamond from its hiding place and, along with a crusading journalist (an effective Jennifer Connelly), they set off on the perilous quest. Unfortunately, it's here that the provocative, uncomfortable film turns into a predictable and disappointing morality tale that does a sad disservice to its impeccable players.

Summary

Smuggler Danny Archer ends up in prison in war-torn Sierra Leone in 1999, where he meets Solomon, a Mende fisherman separated from his family by guerrillas. Danny pledges to help the desperate man rescue his son, who has been forcibly conscripted as a child soldier, in return for a rare pink diamond that Solomon had hidden away before his capture. Action thriller, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly.

Cast & Crew

Danny Archer Leonardo DiCaprio
Solomon Vandy Djimon Hounsou
Maddy Bowen Jennifer Connelly
Simmons Michael Sheen
Colonel Coetzee Arnold Vosloo
Dia Vandy Kagiso Kuypers
Captain Poison David Harewood
Ambassador Walker Stephen Collins
Benjamin Kapanay Basil Wallace
M'Ed Ntare Mwine
Nabil Jimi Mistry
Cordell Brown Antony Coleman
Jassie Vandy Benu Mabhena
Director Edward Zwick
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Jan 2007
Drama