A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer’s life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. –IMDb
Often considered to be a throwback to an older Hollywood era, director Edward Zwick was an extremely cerebral director whose movies consistently featured fully rounded characters, difficult moral issues and plots driven on the ambiguity of authority and on individual conscience as the ultimate arbiter of truth. Zwick got his start in television, directing episodes of long-gone shows until he partnered with friend Marshall Herskovitz to produce the Emmy Award-winning drama, “thirtysomething” (ABC, 1987-1991). While enjoying the fruits of his small screen success, Zwick struck a major chord with his second feature, “Glory” (1989), which told the often neglected story of African-American soldiers fighting for the Union during the Civil War. He parlayed this award-worthy epic into a string of financial and critical hits, including “Legends of the Fall” (1994), “Courage Under Fire” (1996) and “The Siege” (1998), before he settled into a producer’s role on “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) and… read more
I'm sorry, but I could give a shit about whatever Hollywood clichés "Blood Diamond" embodies. The story is told passionately and the movie seethes with empathy and coiled anger. The performances are first-rate; DiCaprio and Connelly portray great characters and represent our hopeless grief and angst over such a complicated and difficult issue perfectly. One of the finer blockbusters of recent years.
Engrossing story and good acting. However, the inconsistency of Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Sheen's South African accents was somewhat distracting and the ending implausible. The postscript stating that the responsibility of buying a conflict free diamond being the consumer's is total crap!