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4.0 out of 5 stars DiCaprio comes of age with this thought provoking film, 2 July 2007
This review is from: Blood Diamond [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
This is a very touching film which draws attention to the deeply disturbing areas of conflict diamonds and child soldiers in Africa, subjects about which comparatively little is known. The scenes where the young solders who are either orphans or press-ganged are brain washed into becoming killers is compelling and awful in equal measure. The film is very bloody and graphic as it needed to be and should have been when dealing with such subject matter. As in Schindler's List, some topics are too important to gloss over.

The cast are good, especially the always excellent Djimon Hounsou and Leonardo DiCaprio who with this film and the excellent performance given in The Departed shows that there is so much more to his acting than we saw in such films as Titanic. Surely its only a matter of time should he continue with these types of films and his strong performances before his nominations are converted into awards.

The film is well shot with some stunning African landscapes forming the backdrop and this adds to the juxtaposition of the landscapes natural beauty witnessing such disturbing and patent evil. 'Enjoy' is hardly the correct word to use to describe watching this film but it is a rich, rewarding and above all enlightening experience. Great story, great performances and very, very good film.
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