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Blood Diamond: Special Edition (Dbl DVD) (WS) (O-Sleeve)
An ex-mercenary turned smuggler (Leonard DiCaprio). A Mende fisherman (Djimon Hounsou). Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son, conscripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed across the alternately beautiful and ravaged countryside. Directed by Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai), this urgent, intensely moving adventure shapes gripping human stories and heart-pounding action into a modern epic of profound impact.]]>
Leonardo DiCaprio puts a handsome face on an ugly industry: In parts of Africa, diamond mining fuels civil warfare, killing thousands of innocents and drafting preteen children as vicious soldiers. DiCaprio (The Departed) plays Danny Archer, a white African soldier-turned-diamond-smuggler who gets wind of a large raw jewel found by Solomon Vandy, a native fisherman (Djimon Hounsou, In America) recently escaped from enslavement by a brutal rebel leader. Archer offers a deal: He'll help Vandy find his war-scattered family if Vandy will share the diamond with him. Drawn into this web of exploitation is journalist Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly, Little Children), who agrees to help if Archer will tell her the details of how conflict diamonds make their way into the hands of the corporations who sell them to the Western world. DiCaprio is compelling because he never flinches from Archer's utter ruthlessness; Archer ends up doing the morally justifiable thing, but only because his desperate greed has led him to it. Hounsou and Connelly, though saddled with all the moral and political speeches, rise above the cant and keep the movie's treacherously formulaic plot rooted in human characters. But in the end, the story won't stick with you as much as the dead stillness in the child soldiers' eyes; the horror of African civil strife refuses to be contained by Blood Diamond's uplifting message--and the movie is all the more potent as a result. --Bret Fetzer
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generously. It is hard to watch but needed to be seen.
A lot of violence though, not for the squeamish. The violence does seem to be fairly accurate when compared to the real news stories that come out of this part of the world from time to time.
The acting in this movie is superb. It is avery violent movie. Anyone thinking of putting a rock on their finger which is very boring especially a diamond, but I do realize that I am not your average bird in this regard. If you want to purchase a diamond this movie makes it clear that you need to know where and how it was mined. I am hoping that most American women would not want to wear a rock with a blood trail attached to it.
Make sure the children are asleep and watch it. I learned a lot from it.
To cut it short and save the plot for others to see, in Blood Diamond, he essentially plays a soldier of fortune who succumbs to the nobler aspects of humanity by helping another person. By the movie’s end, you see that he is tied to Africa not only by situation but by his being. He is who he is and Africa will always be in him. Great acting by him (with accent) and his co-lead, Djimon Hounsou. I even thought that Jennifer Connelly was good as well- at times a bit over the top, but good none the less. Entertaining movie, would recommend.