Blood Diamond – Leonardo DiCaprio ****
The words that came to mind as I watched this film are intense, disturbing, horrifying, and powerful. This is an excellent film and Leonardo DiCaprio has again and again proved to be one of the best actors of our generation. I put him slightly ahead of Sean Penn who is another actor I always enjoy. Not to be forgotten in this film is another memorable performance by Djimon Hounsou who is a rising male actor in Hollywood.
Blood Diamond tells the story of the diamond smuggling trade in Sierra Leone and the lengths taken to exploit and enslave blacks who are forced to pan for diamonds or be killed. Families are broken apart as the males are either kidnapped or killed. If the males are young, they’re taken and brain-washed into working for one of the anti-government gangs. Older males are killed or forced into diamond searching slavery. DiCaprio is a smuggler who uses various contacts to secure the stones for one of the world’s biggest diamond importers. Hounsou struggles to find his boy who was taken by the rebels. Jennifer Connelly plays a reporter trying to expose the diamond trade and all its inhumane activity.
I loved this film. DiCaprio and Hounsou really deserved their Oscar nominations for this film. I initially thought DiCaprio should have been nominated for The Departed but now I think it’s a toss-up. He was great in both films. Do not miss this film. The story is not specifically based on true events but I’ve read if people knew how others are exploited in the real diamond trade, they would not be supporting the industry.
Set during Sierra Leone’s bloody civil war in 1999, this thriller stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Danny Archer, a smuggler who sells “blood” diamonds used to finance terrorists. When Archer meets a local fisherman (Djimon Hounsou) whose son has been forced into a child army, the two men’s lives become intertwined, and they set off on an adventure that leads them through the world’s major diamond centers. DiCaprio and Hounsou earned Oscar nods for their performances.
Sameritech’s 4 star guide:
**** Loved it
*** Really liked it
** Average, but watchable
* Didn’t like it, wasted my time, would rather have watched a George Bush speech