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Blood Diamond
Tonight, we saw a special screening of Blood Diamond. Due to hit theaters Dec 15th.

Security was crazy for this. The movie is about a conflict-diamond smuggler, Leonardo DiCaprio, a father trying to reunite his torn family in Sierra Leone, Djimon Hounsou, and a reporter, Jennifer Connelly, basically, it's about the conflict-diamond trade and how it's tearing apart countries in Africa.

The movie was loooooong. Dragged in so many places. Lot's of walking. Jennifer was good, Leo, not so much, he kept changing accents and he made his typical crying face at one point. Djimon, was good.

There was much violence, tons of civilians being shot, even being shot by children and children doing drugs. I know it's trying to shock the audience into the reality of what people are going through over there, but I think better details can be found on one of those blood-diamond shows on the discovery channel. As elspethnoir pointed out, that the amount of violence was excessive, to the point that it almost desensitized the audience, instead of getting the point of the horrors.

I liked the message they were trying to get across, but not in the fashion they used. This movie is still classified as a work in progress, so I am sure, based on the questionnaires we filled out, that they will be reediting the film before release, so all this could be completely off, compared to the final film.
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From: yopla3 Date: September 24th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

hi :)

thanks for this review :)
[sorry for my english)

If you don't mind I have some questions for you about the movie ;) :

-Out of 10 how many points do you give to the movie ?
-how long was the movie ?
-how about the people who were in the same screening ...would you say that they like the movie or not ?
-how would you say the 'chemistry' was between DiCaprio and Hounsou ?
-Was DiCaprio the lead in this film ? because some people on a board claimed that he isn't and that Hounsou is the leading man.
-before this screening, how many movies with dicpario did you see and in how many movies did you think he did a good job ?




darkman424 From: darkman424 Date: September 25th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: hi :)

Before I anwer those questions, I had a few for you, since your journal account has never had any entries, and you have only posted 8 comments.

What is your affiliation? Are you affiliated with the movie or review site?
How did you come across my journal?
From: yopla3 Date: September 25th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: hi :)

ok sorry for my english, I'm french so sorry if i misunderstood your questions :

-no I'm not affiliated with the movie, I'm just interested by the movie since I like the plot and the actors (particularly dicaprio, and I liked Hounsou thanks to ER). :)
-If I remember well, I came across your journal thanks to google ...I just wanted to know if someone saw a screening of it (since I saw on imdb that there are screenings of blood diamond)...so I put something like "screening + "blood diamond" in google and here I am :)


p.s :
your avatar creeps me out :))
darkman424 From: darkman424 Date: September 25th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: hi :)

Sorry, my avatar are the rings I wear when I go out.
And your english is good.

Ok, well,

-Out of 10 how many points do you give to the movie ?
8, for content.

-how long was the movie ?
The movie was about 2 hours, I'm sure they will cut it down to 1.5 hours before it hits theaters.

-how about the people who were in the same screening ...would you say that they like the movie or not ?
In general, it seemed most people liked it.

-how would you say the 'chemistry' was between DiCaprio and Hounsou ?
Most of the movie was about Hounsou, rightfully so, the chemistry between them was good. Personally, I thought Hounsou's character trusted DiCaprio's character too much.

-Was DiCaprio the lead in this film ? because some people on a board claimed that he isn't and that Hounsou is the leading man.
DiCaprio was the lead, but, like I said, the movie was more about Hounsou.

-before this screening, how many movies with dicpario did you see and in how many movies did you think he did a good job ?
I have seen DiCaprio in 9 other films, for the most part, I like him in most films. Some of the emotions he shows seem to be exactly the same, for instance, when he is sad or crying. I think that each person would react differently in these situations, but he tends to act the same. Probably drawing from personal experience.
From: yopla3 Date: September 26th, 2006 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: hi :)

thank you for your answers ;)

8 ... so you actually liked the movie ? I thought you liked the message but you found it too long.

Interesting that you saw a cut which long 2 hours. On IMDB someone said the movie last 2 hours and half.
I guess they try to have a good balanced movie before december ;)

thanks again :)
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