Aroview: Robust action film with a political conscience, Leonardo DiCaprio gamely sustains a South African accent and an amoral toughness as a bullet-dodging mercenary diamond smuggler who becomes obsessed with finding the buried 'blood diamond'.
Caught up with an American liberal journalist (Connelly) looking to expose endemic industry corruption, and a benevolent African local who holds the key, the trio gel as a pack of flawed movie heroes, while their co-existence mirrors the wider dichotomy of this troubled continent.
While suffering the expected hallmarks of Hollywood over-statement, this finds a wider audience for some important issues while delivering the goods as a propulsive action-thriller.
Average rating (Good Enough). Showing 1-4 of 4 member reviews.
3 stars (Good Enough) DiCaprio's performance may be good, but somehow he's never quite believable. The film is fairly solid all-round, and hard to criticise for that reason, but it just never quite feels genuine. This is still a Hollywood action adventure.~Tom H
2 stars (Good Try) The message shouldn't have needed two hours to get across. The violence is well done but becomes repetitive. One shot of children with weapons would have been enough to understand that anarchy reigned & we, therefore, could have been spared the bloodshed~tubbs