Starring: Djimon Hounsou, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly
Director: Edward Zwick
Synopsis: A fisherman, a mercenary, and a journalist find their lives touched by the discovery of a rare pink diamond.
Runtime: 138 minutes
MPAA Rating: R - for strong violence and language.
Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller
(R -- strong violence and language) -- Fisherman (Djimon Hounsou) is forced to help a soldier of fortune (Leonardo DiCaprio) recover a rare pink diamond in war-ravaged Sierra Leone in the late 1990s. Also stars Jennifer Connelly. 2 hours, 18 minutes.
Set in the Sierra Leone Civil War, the film portrays a country torn apart by a struggle between sides equally vicious and heedless of the suffering of innocent noncombatants. There were scenes of many murders; the film also showcased how the rebels cut off the hands of people so that they cannot vote in the upcoming elections.
The film begins with the capturing of Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou), a fisherman, by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). Separated from his family, Solomon is enslaved to work in the diamond fields under the command of Captain Poison (David Harewood). Diamonds mined by the prisoners are used by the RUF to buy arms and finance their efforts.
While working at the diamond fields, Solomon finds a large pink diamond. Moments before the government troops launch an attack, Captain Poison sees Solomon with the diamond. Solomon has just enough time to bury the stone, before being arrested along with Captain Poison and the other rebels.
Meanwhile rebels force Solomon's son Dia to become a child soldier.
In prison, Solomon meets Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), an ex-mercenary from Zimbabwe, who has been arrested for smuggling diamonds. He was smuggling for a South African mercenary named Colonel Coetzee, his former commander in 32 Battalion, the most decorated unit of the South African Border War made up of Angolan soldiers and white South African officers. Archer is desperate for a way to repay Colonel Coetzee for the diamonds he lost when he was arrested. When he overhears Captain Poison ranting to Solomon about the discovery of the pink diamond, Archer makes plans to hunt down the stone.
He offers to help Solomon find his family in exchange for the diamond. Archer meets Maddy Bowen (Jenifer Connelly), a journalist covering the war and blood diamond link, whom he falls in love with. Together they embark upon a perilous journey to claim the stone from its hiding place. After a demanding struggle the men find the mining camp of the diamond's unearthing under RUF control. Here, Solomon is painfully reunited with his son Dia, who after being brainwashed by the rebels will not submit to his father's love. A South African mercenary force under Colonel Coetzee also after the diamond dispatch the RUF rebels and through a deal with Archer, force Solomon into retrieving the stone. In a desperate battle, Archer and Solomon kill the mercenary leader and claim the diamond but in the gunfire is shot in the side although he dosn't tell Solomen, only to be held at gunpoint by Solomon's numb son. Solomon manages to partially reawaken his confused son and the three flee the camp with the priceless diamond.
Unable to continue due to his gunshot wound, Archer gives Solomon the diamond and urges him to leave Sierra Leone to sell the Diamond in London. There, as demanded by Solomon, he gets a large sum of money for the diamond and arranges his wife and children to reunite with him in London.
Hani says :
Tontonlah filem ini, menarik sangat. Tayangan di pawagam dah terlepas (December 2006) Tapi anda masih boleh menontonya lewat DVD atau CD. Walaupun tak dpt tonton di layar putih/besar tapi anda pasti puas hati menontonya Lebih bagus dan lebih bertenaga dari Casino Royale.