Synopses & Reviews
An ex-mercenary turned smuggler (Leonardo DiCaprio). A Mende fisherman (Djimon Hounsou). Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son, conscripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed across the alternately beautiful and ravaged countryside. Directed by Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai), this urgent, intensely moving adventure shapes gripping human stories and heart-pounding action into a modern epic of profound impact.
"Blood Diamond is very much aware that these are problems beyond easy and convenient resolution, and it is hard not to appreciate any film that understands that." Los Angeles Times
"Blood Diamond is a visually sumptuous, bullet-train-paced thriller with a really provocative theme." Chicago Tribune
"For its flaws, Blood Diamond is a gem, if only for being an unusually smart, engaged popcorn flick." Washington Post
"Essentially a romantic adventure story with politics in the background an old-fashioned movie, I suppose, but exciting and stunningly well made." New Yorker
Audio Commentary - Commentary with Director, Edward Zwick (A revealing look at a filmmaker's personal journey.)
Documentary - Blood on the Stone (RT: 50:00) Follow the path of a diamond from the ground to the store.
- Becoming Archer (RT: 8:29) - A profile of Leonardo DiCaprio and how he trained for the war
- Journalism on the Front Line (RT: approx 6:07) - Jennifer Connelly on Women Journalists at war
- Inside the Siege of Freetown (RT: 10:28) - See how Ed Zwick tackled the pivotal scene
Music Video - "Shine On Em" by rap artist Nas