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?