Tuesday 18th January 2022

Blood Diamond (15)
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

What is it about films these days starting off with a peaceful village getting brutally raided? Having only just recovered from Apocalypto, I was again confronted with scenes of murder and torture, this time in Africa, at the start of Blood Diamond. Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) is a fisherman who seems to be pretty happy with his lot until the aforementioned raiding occurs, at which point he is taken off to a diamond mine, his wife and daughters find their way to a refugee camp and his son is drafted into the rebel militia. Definitely a turn for the worse.

I believe this is known as keeping a low profile
I believe this is known as keeping a low profile

Things improve very slightly for Solomon when he discovers a massive pink diamond at the mine, and understandably does his best to keep it for himself. However, from the moment the blood diamond is discovered, people begin to do anything they can to get hold of it and Solomon is forced to bury it and escape the mine with his life.

Meanwhile, Leo DiCaprio is doing a convincing job of being Danny Archer, a South African diamond smuggler whose latest payload gets busted. He gets temporarily carted off to prison, where he meets Solomon and hears of the diamond. And so they strike up a partnership, in which Leo promises to help find Solomon's family, sell the diamond and share the profits.

I'd like to go on to detail more of the plot and describe how Jennifer Connelly is involved as a sexy journalist, but I don't want to spoil what is essentially a very entertaining storyline. Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai) directs the action well and again shows a great eye for capturing the wonderful scenery.

It's hard to pinpoint exactly what makes Blood Diamond so enjoyable. There is virtually nothing to dislike about this film, and I found the plot genuinely interesting. It is also paced to perfection, always keeping the audience involved and interested. There are more than a few emotionally intense moments, which are sold beautifully by the cast, especially the Oscar nominated Djimon Hounsou. So if you're stuck for something to see, you could do a lot worse than this one.

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Length: 143 minutes
Certificate: 15
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Release Date: 26th January 2007

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