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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, revealing and moving, February 3, 2007
This review is from: Blood Diamond (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD)
A great action movie that attempts to reveal to the world the ugly side of the diamond trade and the human tragedy that was the civil war in Sierra Leone. The movie is based in Sierra Leone, though actually shot in South Africa and Mozambique.

It has great performances by Leonardo DiCaprio, particularly towards the end, and by Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly. I have no interest in diamonds whatsoever and have no view to express on their trade as a whole but it was very interesting to learn the long and complicated journey they can go sometimes, from the mine to the jewellery store. It was also very interesting to see how diamonds from this particular country possibly added to the woes of the long and bloody civil war it suffered. The chillingly ruthless rebels, the child soldiers, the routine use of limb amputation as a tool of terror. It's all here.

I also enjoyed the evolvement of the relationship between the DiCaprio and Hounsou characters. They come from completely different sides of the story and though they start off from a place of mutual distrust and disdain, they end up depending on each other through a whirlwind of violence and emotional upheaval. The tension runs through the entire movie. Props to director Edward Zwick. He's given us a very unlikely buddy movie with a difference. A very moving tale. Deserving Oscar nominations have, alongside a couple of technical ones, gone to DiCaprio for Best Actor and to Hounsou for Best Supporting Actor.

My only gripe is with the Sierra Leonean accents, which were the very definition of inauthenticity. I'm not from the country myself but I have friends who are and the accents made me wince. The subtitled indigenous language mainly spoken by Hounsou and the actors who played his family wasn't the problem - to be honest, I don't know if it was Mende, Temne or some other - it was the Krio (or broken English), spoken by most of the others like Captain Poison (played by the otherwise excellent David Harewood) and M'ed (played by Ntare Mwine). It was simply awful. How hard would it have been to get an expert dialect coach in or better still, to use Sierra Leonean actors? If they could get De Caprio's 'Rhodesia' accent to sound as convincing as it does, why not go all the way?

I guess it's a minor gripe though, all said and done. I still think it's a good movie and can't wait to get it on DVD.
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Initial post: Feb 5, 2007 8:15:23 PM PST
You have an articulate review.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2007 11:06:10 AM PST
Very kind of you. Thanks!
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