Blood Diamond with Leonardo DiCaprio – a DVD Review

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Blood Diamond is a 2006 action-drama film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly (Dark Water) and Djimon Hounsou. Set during the Sierra Leone Civil War in 1999, Blood Diamond is an excellent movie about the high cost of diamonds – in lives, warfare, and slavery. Blood Diamond is fast-paced, thought-provoking, challenging, and uplifting with just the right blend of adventure, intrigue and social commentary.

Diamonds mined in African war zones which are sold to finance the conflicts, underwrite warlords, and bring in money for diamond companies are called “blood diamonds.” The movie Blood Diamond focuses on Hounsou’s character Solomon Vandy who is caught by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels rebels, forced into slavery at a diamond mine. Solomon Vandy finds a large pink diamond and hides it. Everyone wants that diamond, and Solomon’s enemies — and his friends, including an ex-mercenary from Zimbabwe named Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) — will stop at nothing to get it in Blood Diamond.

Blood Diamond was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Actor (DiCaprio) and Best Supporting Actor (Hounsou). It may be that Blood Diamond is Leonardo DiCaprio’s best work to date. Jennifer Connolly is also excellent in her role as journalist Maddy Bowen.

I give Blood Diamond two enthusuastic thumbs up. However, Blood Diamond is rated R for some lnaguage, violence, brief partial nudity and sexual content. The run time for Blood Diamond is 143 minutes.


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