Review – Blood Diamond (2006)

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blood-diamond-52dec3a11edd8It’s the final day of DiCaprio week, and I’m glad it is…because I can’t keep watching these movies, as long as they are. One movie I’ve seen around and never had any interest in, was Blood Diamond. Why? Well, there’s a few reasons for it, and even more when I actually watched the thing. I’m sure I’ll get into the particulates here in a little bit, but first, what was the movie even about?

As the title suggests, the movie was about a “blood diamond”, or a diamond that only really exists because of all the blood that was shed to get to it. The diamonds are paid for by top companies, which in turn, are profiting off of the wars. Take it this way, as DiCaprio said in the movie, they aren’t exactly paying for the war, but in a way, it pays to keep the war going.

Alright, so why did I never have any real desire to watch this movie? Because I can’t connect with it. It’s partially America’s fault for never focusing on the issues in other countries, and it’s partially my own fault, but none of it was something I could connect with, not the issues, not the characters, not anything. Next, as I’ve stated in other reviews, it’s hard for me to be entertained by crime genres, and after I’ve seen it…if I’d known how difficult it was to understand people and how hilariously horrible DiCaprio’s accent is…I probably would have never included this movie in the week.

After watching the movie, I can confirm that I wasn’t a big fan of the movie, but I can also respect it for the things it did right, and there were quite a few things. So, let’s get into the nitty-gritty at last, and break this thing down.

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PEOPLE SCORE – 9/10
Acting – 2|Characters – 1|Casting – 2|Importance – 2|Chemistry – 2

First off is the people score, which nearly got a perfect ten. The only issue I had with this category was the characters, as I never really saw anyone as memorable…and DiCaprio’s character just annoyed the crap out of me. Everything else was fine. The acting was actually really great from everyone involved, the casting was pretty perfect…but I’m not sure I’d pick DiCaprio, honestly. I won’t dock it any points for that, but I have better ideas for his character. Everyone had an important role to play and added to the plot, and the everyone worked very well together, whether through hatred or admiration.

WRITING SCORE – 4/10
Dialogue – 0|Balanced – 1|Story – 1|Originality – 2|Interesting – 0

Next up is the writing, which is one of the lowest ratings in the bunch. First of all, I gave dialogue a zero because the only thing memorable about whats being said in this film is everything coming out of DiCaprio’s mouth…and it’s not a good thing, because his terrible accent took me out of the movie every time, and that really ticked me off. I also don’t consider this a very interesting movie. As for how balanced it is, it shouldn’t take this long to get back to where the man hid the diamond, it just shouldn’t. I understand they’re going through a war zone, but this is a concept that could have been done in 100-120 minutes tops.  The story is also somewhat flat. I mean, there is some really good messages in there about the wrongdoings in Africa, but it’s mostly overshadowed by untrustworthy characters and unclear direction. I will call it original, though. Can’t say I’ve ever really seen anything like it before…unless you count 24: Redemption. 

BTS SCORE – 7/10
Visuals – 1|Directing – 1|Editing – 2|Advertisement – 2|Music – 1

Next up is behind-the-scenes, which did an alright job. It mainly just had issues with music choice, direction, and visuals. I won’t even call those bad, just nothing that stands out, really. I might complain a bit about the direction, as I feel like this film is dragged out way too long, which makes it a little boring during the action and not as clear as it maybe should have been. The editing was pretty good, though, and it is a movie that is as-advertised.

NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 10/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 2

Here’s your one and only perfect score – the narrative arc score. To be fair, this is the easiest category to score high in, so there’s that. The introduction gets us familiar with the setting and general concept regarding the diamonds. The inciting incident is when the two leads wind up in the same place and decide to go after the diamond to save both their skins from the war. The obstacles…it’s a war zone, man. What do you think? The climax is pretty epic, and there is a very clear falling action, both in terms of film and ending titles.

ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 1/10
Rewatchability – 0|Fun – 0|Impulse/Buy – 0|Impulse/Talk – 0|Sucks Audience IN – 1

Alright, so this is where it was doomed from the beginning for me, the entertainment score. I would say the film sucks the audience in here and there, but the rest of this category got nothing but zeroes. I don’t want to buy it or rewatch it, I didn’t have fun watching it and I don’t feel like talking to anyone about anything that happened in this film. As far as entertainment goes, I was mostly just bored through this one.

TOTAL SPECIAL – 40/50
Africa – 10|Drama – 10|DiCaprio – 0|Action – 10|Halfway Decent – 10

Alright, so for the questions written before watching the film, it mostly met all of my expectations, except for one. As far as an African setting goes, this movie is up there as probably one of the best African-setting films. It is very dramatic in places and it definitely has a ton of action. As far as DiCaprio’s role? This is one of the worst roles I’ve seen him in. He acted fine, but that accent sounded terrible on him. It’s like the dialect coach was giving up on him, told him he sounded mostly like South African when he said “Alright” and “Huh”, so get as many of those in as you possibly can…and he does. You can make a drinking game out of how many times he says those two words. I would say the movie achieved what it wanted to achieve, though, so I will say this definitely met the requirements for being halfway decent.

Rating – 71/100

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