Blood Diamond

2006 • 143 minutes
4.5
1.27K reviews
63%
Tomatometer
R
Rating
Eligible
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An ex-mercenary turned smuggler (Leonardo DiCaprio). A Mende fisherman (Djimon Hounsou). Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son, conscripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed across the alternately beautiful and ravaged countryside. Directed by Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai), this urgent, intensely moving adventure shapes gripping human stories and heart-pounding action into a modern epic of profound impact. MPAA Rating: R (c) 2006 Warner Bros. Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.
4.5
1.27K reviews
A Google user
January 23, 2012
Great Film, tragic in the details of what is happening to the native people of the land for profit for industrialized nations. Leonardo Dicaprio, Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly give good performances. Editing and pacing are overall well done and some of the landscapes are captured beautifully. Dicaprio's final scene is a bit long but otherwise well done and the ending is memorable if not original. Initially I wasn't going to give the film five star because it kept reminding me of Tears of the Sun, which I believe is a better film overall, but giving credit to the film without comparisons made me realize that it is worthy of the rating.
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Ali Redwolf
December 15, 2012
Most accurate portrayal of diamond business & it's dirty, bloody underbelly. Gripping, heart wrenching, outstanding cast, tight script. Warning - you will never look at diamonds the same again. And you should never buy another unless it's man made.
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Mizaun Do'Urden
May 1, 2014
Amazing film, great movie. Not even in the same league as "Tears of the Sun" which was a joke when side by side with this. It does however bring to mind some others that are great and WAY BETTER & REALISTIC then "Tears" They are as follows, in order of those I like best first, though they all are great with 4 stars or more... First up, "Sometimes in April" about the genocide in Rwanda during 1994 from April till July in which 800,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsi were killed by the Hutu majority. Second would be "Hotel Rwanda" then I suggest "The Last King of Scotland" and lastly "Shooting Dogs/Beyond the Gates" all those listed deal with various genocides/killings in Africa.
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