Thursday, January 4, 2007

Blood Diamond

BlooddiamondposterBlood Diamond (*** Good) has two very good actors sharing the lead - Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou.  DiCaprio is maturing very nicely and I have liked Hounsou since he was in Amistad.  Jennifer Connelly does pretty well too.

The story takes place during a 1990s civil war in Sierra Leone, rebels and government troops fighting for control over diamonds and people.  It's another story about how outside money and corporate interests (diamond dealers and weapons dealers) are benefiting from a bad situation in a third world country.

The message is heavy handed.  I don't need to see quite so graphically how awful it was, and how cruel.  People were shot for no reason, by both sides.  Refugees by the millions are kept behind chain link fences.  It's not an easy movie to watch.

Mixed in with The Message is an action movie about one man trying to save his family (Djimon Hounsou), one man trying to make enough money to leave Africa (Leonardo DiCaprio), one journalist (Jennifer Connelly), and one rare and beautiful diamond.

Only about half the critics recommend this one.  I only about halfway recommend it.  You can wait for the DVD if you don't have the stomach to have violence and cruelty handed to you in big screen, living color.

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