Blood Diamond
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Set against the backdrop of civil war and chaos in 1990's Sierra Leone, "Blood Diamond" is the story of Danny Archer--a South African mercenary--and Solomon Vandy--a Mende fisherman. Both men are African, but their histories as different as any can be, until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond that can transform their lives. While in prison for smuggling, Archer learns that Solomon--who was taken from his family and forced to work in the diamond fields--has found and hidden the extraordinary rough stone. With the help of Maddy Bowen, an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Both excitingly well made and dispiritingly formulaic."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"DiCaprio proves himself the most watchful and watchable actor of his age."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"It's clear that Blood Diamond takes quite a while to wholeheartedly get going..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"After centuries of raping Africa for its resources, now we exploit its misery for our amusement."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"The more I see of their work, the more I realise that directors Ed Zwick and Sam Mendes have one thing very sharply in common -- both are filmmakers who make movies that they think are far more important than they actually are."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"Blood Diamond has all the cinematic punch of a lengthy Nation article."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York
"It succeeds well at what it sets out to do: wrapping a worthy message in a compelling story."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Despite fine performances, Blood Diamond is an unfortunate disappointment due to heavy handed direction which dilutes its message."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Blood Diamond is a movie zircon. It doesn't cut glass, but it cuts plot, character, and credibility. It could be Hotel Rwanda, but instead it's Motel Deep-Six."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"Never quite overcomes its mindless blockbuster mentality."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It doesn't entirely evade the issue at its core - conflict diamonds - in favour of pure action by way of guns and planes, thrills and spills; but it hardly embraces the subject fully either."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"[Director Zwick] is craftsman enough that the pace never slackens, the chase scenes thrill, and the battle scenes sicken. And if it makes viewers think twice about buying their sweethearts that hard-won hunk of ice for Christmas, so much the better."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Diamonds may be forever, but Blood Diamond hopefully will only last through the Oscar season"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Yes, Blood Diamond is preachy, but it's a sermon we need to hear."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"This is one powerful film. The shooting style is intense, mixing action with heart-wrenching drama with Leonardo DiCaprio's faux South African accent."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Calgary Movies
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