Sentimentality in the rough

Review B+

December 08, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic

Blood Diamond, an adventure film centering on the practice of using the trade in precious stones to fund murder and other violence in certain African countries, has the unenviable job of serving two masters. It has to be exciting, but not so much that its message is lost. It has to be moralistic without being preachy.

For much of the movie's length, director Edward Zwick and screenwriter Charles Leavitt (K-PAX) strike a good balance. It's only in what amounts to the film's epilogue, when things get wrapped up far too tidily, that things fall out of whack. But by then, the film has earned too much good will to let a few stumbles kill its momentum.

Blood Diamond (Warner Bros.) Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly. Directed by Edward Zwick. Rated R. Time 138 minutes.

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