Blood Diamond
R
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -4

Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly. Adventure/Drama. Written by Charles Leavitt. Directed by Edward Zwick.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Leonardo DiCaprio plays Danny Archer a fortune hunter in Sierra Leone during that countrys tumultuous civil war of the 1990s. When Solomon Vandy, an innocent black man is captured during a murderous attack on his village, he is taken from his family and forced to work in a diamond field. While there he is able to hide an extremely valuable diamond. Mercenary Archer learns of the jewel and helps Vandy escape in order to retrieve the stone. With the help of a beautiful journalist, the two attempt to evade capture, regain the hidden jewel, and rescue Vandys family.

PREVIEW REVIEW: A fast-paced adventure, Blood Diamond is a rare jewel in itself. Packed with lots of action, beautiful scenery and moving performances, it also contains a redemptive message, and its story salutes honor and family while reminding viewers of the civil war that once nearly destroyed Sierra Leone, Africa. It also poignantly examines the true cost of rare things when corruption and smuggling are apart of their exploitation.

Alas, theres the R-content. The violence is abundant and graphic, with many examples of bloodlust. Then theres Mr. DiCaprios use of objectionable language. Certainly not as profane as in his last film, The Departed, but theres enough to help the film garner an R rating. Like every other actor of his generation, DiCaprio only knows how to vocalize frustration and anger by using the f-word, while emphasizing most other moods with a throwaway of Christs name.

No matter how often this excessive use of violence and objectionable language is rebuked by both secular and religious reviewers, the physical and verbal carnage in movies continues. Thank goodness theres no evidence that such portraits are having a desensitizing effect on todays generationUh, huh.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Warner Bros.

Summary
Crude Language: There are a couple of crude comments from Ms. Connellys character.
Obscene Language: The script is peppered with obscene language, mostly the f- and s-words.
Profanity: Christs name is misused several times.
Violence: Graphic violence depicting the ruthless, unfeeling black on black brutality suffered during an African civil war. Beatings, point blank executions with blood spraying from wounded bodies, and other atrocities inflicted or insinuated. Blood: Much blood, hence the title.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Drinking throughout as the lead attempts to deal with his behavior and the atrocities he witnesses.
Other: None
Running Time: 130 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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