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!