I really wanted to hate on this movie.
I mean how many time can Edward Zwick (Glory and The Last Samurai) direct movies with white guys in foreign countries who learns something about himself and then risks his life for the foreigners who have helped him discover the “real him.”
Also, I hate when movies take real-life tragedy, in this instance conflict diamonds in Sierra Leone, and turn it into an action movie which is what this turns into.
But damn, was Leonardo DiCaprio good in this movie.
When I first saw the trailer, it was his little “Bling Bang” line and his accent that turned me off from seeing this movie at all.
I’m glad I did because this may go down as one of his best performances ever.
Djimon Hounsou was great as well but can someone cast him in a movie where he doesn’t have to scream at the top of his lungs at least 2-5 times.
The movie was too long and pretentious at parts (the very end was pure fantasy) and there were times were Leo’s character, Danny Archer, turned into Jack Bauer but those two performances really made this movie, and the generalexposure of Sierra Leone in the 90’s makes it worthwhile.