Blood Diamond [2006]

Shortly after people find out I’m South African, there’s a moment of mild embarrassment when they realise they recently read a National Geographic article that knew more about the country than I do, let alone the whole continent. So it was with slight trepidation that I went to see Blood Diamond on a Classic Hits preview session courtesy of

 ‘s quick dialling finger. The expected return for preview tickets is advertising who got you there and a plug for the movie, so here’s part two:

Go see it.

Yes, even with my surfeit of lore about North Africa, I could see nothing inaccurate at all. More important than that though, the characters are compelling, the photography is visceral and compelling, you’ll be compelled by the emotion of the circumstances… the only thing that isn’t… er… compelling is the plot, which uses one too many clichés in order to enable the buy-in of a brain dead American audience. Yes indeed, even with that small flaw, and the odd slippage in Leonardo’s “Rhodesian” accent, this is a very solidly made movie. I give it a basic 7/10, with an extra +.5 if you, like me, think that Jennifer Connelly is the tastiest thing since sliced bread. All jokes aside, this movie manages to pretty well balance characters, action, and the heartache of civil war.

Hmm… Jennifer Connelly and Rachel Weisz together in a movie… why would cinema even continue as an art form after that?

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7 Responses to Blood Diamond [2006]

  1. cha0sslave says:

    Makes you wonder why they don’t have another classification like :Blood Oil” cos let’s face it anything America wrangles out of the middle east is paid for by thousands of civilian deaths by the U.S. Military. If not directly then certainly indirectly from their helpful training of the marauding towel headed loonies or at least by weapons the U.S. gave other towel headed loonies to shoot the dirty commies with a decade ago.

    Perhaps if Papua New Guinea, Tonga or Fiji had incredible reserves of oil or gas then those helpful folk in the “Yoo Ess of Ayy” would blow the shit out of them too when they have a bit of a scuffle or a coup, all in the name of democracy of course. I love the way America draws attention to their own appaling acts of depravity by big budget hypocratic propganda showcasing other governments similar acts. Or is it perhaps a diversion to make you forget about the accidental slaughter of all those camels, sheep and gangly bipedal thingies that run around screaming “Alah” a few times a day.

    Comments courtesay of Cha0sslave. Demonstrating once more that while a valid and semi intelligent comparative statement can be coerced out of me it’s still so damn easy to degrade other cultures and sound like a complete prick.

    See you at Kapcon BTW.

  2. lobbasta says:

    To be honest the fact that Leonardo di Caprio is in it and doing what in the ad sounds like the worst south african accent in history is enough to put me off.

    Are there NO south african male actors who could stand up and, er act the part?

    • mashugenah says:

      To be honest, it’s jarring for about the first 10 minutes, then you stop noticing it.

      • lobbasta says:

        Thats a bit of a relief!

      • mashugenah says:

        I’m also a bit reluctant to hassle it too much, since it’s better than mine.

        Have you got dates for your graduation etc yet?

      • lobbasta says:

        Yes, 20th April. The office won’t confirm yet that I am going to graduate, but I’ve filled in all the correct forms and as far as I can tell have done everything exactly as they have asked me to. Hopefully I will know soon.

  3. lobbasta says:

    To be honest the fact that Leonardo di Caprio is in it and doing what in the ad sounds like the worst south african accent in history is enough to put me off.

    Are there NO south african male actors who could stand up and, er act the part?

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