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Every few years an action movie comes along that has amazing depth. Terminator 2 and The Matrix are such movies, and so is Blood Diamond. It is full of characterizations we've seen before, but it's the interaction that raises this film above the masses. Each character has an agenda that forces him or her to distrust everyone else. The paths that some relationships take to develop trust are believable, while others are equally believable in remaining eternally antagonistic. And through it all is the realization that while some characters may change their methodology and morals, none ever change their dreams. Each character fights for the goal to the bitter end. Such is human nature, and such is the conflict of Blood Diamond, the conflict of Africa. In the end, we are left to wonder if peace can ever be attained in such a world. And somehow we are left believing that maybe it can.
Blood Diamond is in my list of top 10 films. Connected with it the first time I watched it and every time since. Definitely Recommend this film!! CHEERS!! :-)
I watched the trailer of this movie a while back and thought it was just your typical action movie, with the romance and the touchy scenes but boy was I surprised. I absolutely loved this movie not only because of the subject it treats, but the emotional moments, the violence. . . all in all this movie represented very well the greed of man for objects over human life. I recommend this movie to anyone (apart from children maybe), it is a wonderful movie!
Blood Diamond is a 2006 American political war thriller film co-produced and directed by Edward Zwick, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou. The title refers to blood diamonds, which are diamonds mined in African war zones and sold to finance conflicts, and thereby profit warlords and diamond companies across the world. Set during the Sierra Leone Civil War in 1996–2001, the film shows a country torn apart by the struggle between government soldiers and rebel forces. It also portrays many of the atrocities of that war, including the rebels' amputation of people's hands to discourage them from voting in upcoming elections ... Great watch!!

@putlocker despaarpot 3251 - Jumped back and then would correct itself 9 times after the first half. A lot of the time being an action part catching you off guard with load explosions of sound. :/

In just the past year, four English-language films have been released centered on the troubled African continent, The Constant Gardener, Lord of War, Catch a Fire, and now, Blood Diamond. Directed by Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai, The Siege, Courage Under Fire, Glory), Blood Diamond tackles several, seemingly irresolvable problems common to modern-day Africa, "conflict diamonds," civil war, violence, refugees, and "child soldiers." Of course, Blood Diamond isn't a straight-up "social message" drama, but an action/thriller. As such, Blood Diamond is heavy on the action clich
I just got back from watching this, I had been anticipating it for so long, loved the trailer and the director & cast. And that's why it is for me one of the biggest dissapointments of 2006. What was wrong with Leo? good performance, terrible accent!

Jennifer Connelly's performance was alright, in general the acting didn't bother me much, but that screenplay was horrible. The cinematography & sound mixing were mesmerizing. There is way too much stuff in here, unexplained, pointless in my opinion. There are some very emotional scenes as well, so it is by no means one of the worst films of the year, just a dissapointment...for me...

Movies like Blood Diamond are what make me hate Hollywood - the abuse of problems in Africa for use as an issue film (sort of like Tears of the Sun and The Constant Gardener- which are both better films) is becoming extremely tired. And for what cause, if there is any (besides making diamond owners feel guilty)? Consider the release date. Djimon Hounsou will be up for the Best Supporting Actor prize without much effort, since this is awards season. If the film industry is going to churn out movies about problems in the world, they could at least make them not feel like opportunistic garbage.
Consider me lucky. Today, I got invited to two sneak previews. One was "The Holiday," a film I've been anxiously waiting for. The other was "Blood Diamond." I chose "Blood Diamond" because of the Oscar buzz it's been recieving. Set against the backdrop of the chaos and civil war that enveloped 1990s Sierra Leone, "Blood Diamond" is the story of Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), an ex-mercenary from Zimbabwe, and Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou), a Mende fisherman. Both men are African, but their histories and their circumstances are as different as any can be until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond, the kind of stone that can transform a life or end it. Solomon, who has been taken from his family and forced to work in the diamond fields, finds the extraordinary gem and hides it at great risk, knowing if he is discovered, he will be killed instantly. Archer, who has made his living trading diamonds for arms, learns of Solomon's hidden stone while in prison for smuggling. He knows a diamond like this is a once-in-a-lifetime find-valuable enough to be his ticket out of Africa and away from the cycle of violence and corruption in which he has been a willing player. Alas, Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly), an idealistic American journalist who is in Sierra Leone to uncover the truth behind conflict diamonds, comes into the picture, exposing the complicity of diamond industry leaders who have chosen profits over principles. Maddy seeks out Archer as a source for her article, but soon finds it is he who needs her even more. With Maddy's help, Archer and Solomon embark on a dangerous trek through rebel territory. Archer needs Solomon to find and recover the valuable pink diamond, but Solomon seeks something far more precious;his son. With that said (courtesy of RT), "Blood Diamond" is, without question, an Oscar caliber film. Leonardo DiCaprio is absolutely electrifying (this is his year), while Connelly provides us with another superb performance. She may not be nominated, but DiCaprio demands a nomination for best actor. The performance that stands out, however, is that of Djimon Hounsou, who has locked himself a slot in the supporting actor race. He is amazing in this film. The film may be hard to watch at times, but it's true to its material. At first it feels unfocused, but eventually it evens itself out. The pacing is great, the setting is disturbing (as it should be), the score is beautiful, the screenplay is excellent, and the directing is nothing short of brilliant. This is a rare achievement, one in which I am encouraging everyone to see.

yay, or nay? yay!!

Oscar bait? Without question. The cast is unbelievably solid, and the film itself is a triumph.

The Blood Diamond Review

Rating: 10/10
Rated: R
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Honsou, Jennifer Connelly, and Arnold Vosloo
Genre: Action/Adventure

Well, I'm a sneak preview junkie and when I found out two of my most anticipated films were both having sneak previews on the same night and at the same time, I was overjoyed and a bit depressed. I picked "The Blood Diamond" over "The Holiday"... and I definately picked right. Edward Zwick has become one of my most favorite director's... his previous two films (Glory and The Last Samurai) being triumphs, but just a lead-in to this masterpiece.His direction is dazzling to say the least, the cinematography incredible... its a feast to the eyes as our heroes trek across Africa through mountains, jungles, and refugee camps. The action scenes are also incredible, some of the best coreographed and staged scenes of shooting, running, explosions, and missiles I have ever seen. But, really... its the story that counts most of all, and Mr. Zwick has certainly not made a movie where the action outshines the characters and the story... he's made just the opposite, a story with believablse characters with action that compliments the film as a whole. The cast hangs on for the treachorous ride and all of them are outstanding... Leonardo giving a great performance with a believable accent, Connely may be a bit miscast for when she has to be harsh her acting becomes strained, but she is quite good in her role. Lastly Mr. Honsou is truly to die for in his part as a father who will do anything for his family in such a dangerous land, his performance brought tears to my eyes... and the intenseness and sentiment he brings to his role is truly something the Academy should not overlook. "Blood Diamond" is an epic masterpiece, an eye-opening, powerful, and moving feature... that I feel honored to have experienced.

Concensus: Edward Zwick once again creates a film of such epic and powerful stature to trump all of his previous films... "Blood Diamond" is a must-see event that will thrill you, educate you, and move you.

My Grade: A+

(Gawd, it feels like I am giving too many 10's this holiday season... but, I must congratulate Hollywood for finally giving us a Movie Season that will never be forgotten.)
An overall solid film with an interesting history lesson. Leonardo DiCaprio turns in another fine performance (right after The Departed) and has really grown up from his days on the RMS Titanic. The film was a tad manipulative in the end, almost at the edge of preachiness. Nevertheless, a recommended film for both its entertainment and educational value.
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