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Blood Diamond delivers on all levels
Blood Diamond delivers on all levels
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Blood Diamond
Directed by Edward Zwick
Starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly,
Caruso Kuypers, Arnold Vosloo, Benu Mabhena
Opens Friday everywhere


There was a moment earlier this year, when thinking matrimonially, I actually took myself into the Cartier Jewelers in Pacific Place and tried on a diamond engagement ring. Needless to say, things have not progressed to the point where I would actually be wearing said ring, but looking at that diamond on my fingers did wonders for my flagging spirits that day, as diamonds tend to have that effect. That is, until one looks into the process whereby diamonds enter the U.S. and become the jewelry we wear, considering the costs outside of the dollar value of the stone.

However, if you have wondered, or if you know a little about the history of 'conflict diamonds' (stones brought to our shores through strife and war), the film Blood Diamond might peak your interest. Or, heck, even if you just want a good action film and have no intention of buying a diamond for yourself or anyone else. This film delivers on all levels. And with stars Leonardo Di Caprio (who stars as a complicated bit of work, who serves as the 'middle man' between diamond miners/slash African revolutionaries and the pricey firm who buys the diamonds), and Djimon Hounsou (who stars as a simple, African farmer who is pulled into the conflict which took place in Sierra Leone in the late '90's, when insurgents come to his village) at the helm, the film really takes off. Paired with the gorgeous, Oscar winning Jennifer Connelly, and shot on location in some of the most breathtaking country on this planet, Blood Diamond explodes onto the screen, grabbing the audience and never letting up with intense drama and action.

Do be warned, though, the trend that Hollyweird has taken on of late, in filling screens with endless shots of spattered gore, while downplaying any kind of love or sex scenes, continues here. In short, the film is at times hard to watch, for all of the war violence and bloody action that takes place for the length of the film. Still, it's a solid performance on the parts of Di Caprio, Hounsou and Connelly, and that alone makes it worth seeing. And, in a truly fair world, Di Caprio and Hounsou would get at least a nod from the Oscar folks next year for this one.

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