DVD REVIEW: BLOOD DIAMOND
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By Kam Williams
Action Flick Featuring Oscar-Nominated Performances Out on DVD
Set in Sierra Leone in 1999, the movie is at heart a high body-count adventure although it is also heavily layered with sentimental subplots at every turn, from the unlikely-buddy relationship between Danny and Solomon to a budding romance between Maddy and Danny to Maddy’s maternalistic concern for the whereabouts of Solomon’s kin. DiCaprio and Hounsou turn in Oscar-nominated performances in service of an action flick where they’re upstaged by ubiquitous savagery.
Ultimately, all the loose ends of this well-meaning fairy tale are tied together nicely, albeit a tad too sappily for those who know what a hellhole of ethnic cleansing Sierra Leone was really like.
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