Blood Diamond
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A South African mercenary and a Mende fisherman find their fates forever intertwined as they embark on a quest to obtain a rare and highly coveted pink diamond in director Edward Zwick's frantic adventure drama. Ripped from his family farm and forced to toil away in the sweltering South African diamond fields, Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) discovered an extraordinary rough stone of immeasurable value. Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a hired gun who specializes in the sale of so-called "blood diamonds" that are used to finance rebellions and terrorist organizations, and is… 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
"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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