Thursday, March 15, 2007

Blood Diamond - The Movie

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, James Purefoy, Arnold Vosloo.
Directed by: Edward Zwick

This is the latest one of the best movies that I have ever seen. Blood Diamond presents the pursuit of a rare pink diamond in the war-torn country of Sierra Leonne. Set in the backdrop of Sierra Leone in 1999, th movie portrays three characters who in three different ways are linked to the bloody diamond trade in Africa. Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou)plays the role of a fisherman whose family is abducted by the rebels controlling the local area while he is forced into diamond mining. In the process, he comes across a rare pink diamond which he hides in hope of using it to bargain with rebels for his family. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of Danny Archer a mercenary from Africa who smuggles diamonds, looking to get his hands on a rare pink diamond. He comes across Solomon Vandy an reaches an agreement with him wherein he (DiCaprio) agrees to reunite Solomon (Hounsou) with his family in exchange for the pink diamond.

DiCaprio seems a pathological liar at first meeting, only later to stun the viewer with his brutal honesty when he is confronted by reporting journalist, Maddy Bowen, looking for the truth behind the diamond business in Sierra Leone. He agrees to tell her everything about the diamond business, the dark, hidden secrets, in exchange for a way to the pink diamond. Djimon Hounsou gives a staggering performance as Solomon Vandy; in one scene he evokes anger, empathy, and hopelessness in the audience.

The plot unfolds brilliantly and tends to invoke a sympathetic feeling onwards the diamond trade that has been claiming millions of lives over the years. The captivating plot line and outstanding cast performances make this film a must see.