Interesting thriller about how our hunt for diamonds and beautiful jewelry ruins and kills people in slave labor. Leonardo diCaprio deliver another powerhouse role, but the addition of Jennifer Connelly as a female journalist feels forced and not very important to the movie.
One of Zwick's best films, a blockbuster which is passionate about its subject matter and provides a well told and emotional story as well as solid action setpeices. A film that was part of DiCaprio's renaissance - I have it on good authority that his Rhodesian accent is awful but to he puts in a completely committed and believable performance here.
A taut and straightforward telling of a very complicated story. I was surprised (and relieved) the film didn't force guilt down our throats - instead it uses the issues as a backdrop for an otherwise exciting thriller. Sure there's a political perspective here, but it's by no means overbearing. Performances were top notch, action was exciting, the sights were just beautiful, and the soundtrack was killer.
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!