Blood Diamond details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Djimon Hounsou, Djimon Hounsou, Basil Wallace, Michael Sheen, Jimi Mistry, Michael Sheen, Jennifer Connelly, Leonardo DiCaprio|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Collections:||Adrenaline Rush, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||2 hours 18 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Jun 2007|
|Subtitles:||English, Arabic, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou find themselves grouped in this adventure film as they all search for the same priceless diamond.
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Don't miss this oneBy a customer from London, England , 31 Dec 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]Blood Diamond is set in Sierra Leone in 1999 where Rhodesian-born Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) smuggles diamonds out of the country and sells them on to the diamond merchants. Sierre Leone is in the middle of a bloody civil war and the sale of the diamonds, known as conflict diamonds raises money for weapons and thus supports the violent war. Djimon Hounsou is remarkable as Solomon Vandy, the fisherman whose life is turned upside down when his family are torn away from him, his son is taken by the rebels to be trained as a child killer, and he is forced to work in a diamond mine where he unearths a rare pink diamond. When the mine is attacked, he buries the diamond. DiCaprio hears of its existence and sets off with Hounsou to recover it and split the proceeds. DiCaprios motives are at first purely financial whereas Hounsous objective is to find and reunite his family. The story is gripping, the characters are strong, and Leonardo DiCaprio gives a tremendous performance as the mercenary who reveals a compassionate side. The film was shot in Sierra Leone, Mozambique and South Africa and everyone, particularly the children, gives such convincing performances it is easy to forget they are acting. Very highly recommended.
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Not Quite.By hannacevik (5 reviews) from London , 30 Jun 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideAch, shame.
This could have been good. It should have been a lot better. Let's break it down. Acting, screenplay, outcome.
Acting - Leo can act. This we know. Djimon Hounsou is a very convincing African with a mission. Jennifer Connolly probably looks that concerned if a cupcake doesn't turn out right. But its the bit parts that are most convincing in this. The barman in Freetown, the Colonel, Danny's (DiCaprio) mate from the SADF. They make it. Their stories are more real, more believable and better put together than the main roles. Maybe that's how it should be - not the 'big men' but the untold stories. Those who lose their lives in the background.
Screenplay - apparently Leavitt likes to do a lot of research. It's a shame he can't write some better situations then. Or maybe that was the studio rewrite (Zwick had a hand in that). The ending is set in 2000, and a Sierra Leonean peasant-farmer gets a standing ovation from a room full of journos at the Kimberley Process committee in SA. Six years after the first democratic elections. A load of white people give a black man who hasn't said a word yet a standing ovation in a room where he's going to explain how they can't have cheap diamonds anymore. Nooit.
It just didn't convince me. There are some heartbreaking scenes of war, corruption and exploitation. But it doesn't come through, and in the crucial moments, you see the edges. Hollywood creeps in too much, and we have to have a ridiculous ending. If de Beers, sorry, 'Van der Kaap' was to buy a diamond from a SL refugee in London, do we really think they'd ship the whole family over and give him £2million without taking them out to some desolate airstrip back in mother Africa and disappear them all? It always astounds me how many times extras are indiscriminately killed without remorse and yet our hero escapes a swift bullet to the head many times with little justification for why he suddenly got so special.
So all in all - watch it to educate yourself, to entertain yourself (I hope it at least makes you aware of something you didn't know before), but not to feel that the West is willing to accept what's really happening and acknowledge it in mainstream culture. Go watch The Bang Bang Club too. Then read a couple of newspaper articles, and maybe a book or two. Maybe AFRICA: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles, or The State of Africa.
Fantastic film, highly recommended... worth a watch!By kym1221 (5 reviews) from yorkshire , 23 Jun 2012Actually loved this film, It's not normally my type of film but it's so highly reviewed I thought I'd ive it a go.
It's got lots if great ators in, a litle long but has you gripped form start to finish. Wasn't really expecting it to end the way it did, but I loved it...
Leo deffinitly looks as loverly as ever..
Deffo worth a watch!!
Very highly recommended from me!
A very rare gemBy Silkvelvet (21 reviews) , 18 Jun 2012I never knew Di Caprio could act, I thought he was just another of the pretty ones, but I was spell bound by his performance in this movie, I even managed to forget who he actually was.
The story is outstanding, sensitively portrayed, no excess of violence and gore, and an abundance of story.
I recommend viewers watch alone or with freinds/family that with just shut up and enjoy the movie as it just flows and then suddenly, the 2hrs are over.
long way goneBy Gollyb (17 reviews) , 02 Jun 2012having read the book by ishamael beah 'a long way gone'. He was a boy soldier in the Sierra Leaone war, and this film although not based on that book, made the things I read much more real.
Apart from that it is a good story, although one of hollywood's making, great acting from the leads, and the goody wins - I always like that.
WATCH you WON'T be disappointed!!!By ZenZii (183 reviews) from Preston , 30 May 2012I actually had this movie a while back couldn't find it so hired it. So GLAD i did it was brilliant. Great action packed, soft heartfelt moments, and a definate array of accents!?! Honestly, I'm gonna have to buy this movie to add to my collection. YEEEHAAAA great stuff. Leo, Jen and DiJ, brill casting. x x x