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'Blood Diamond'
(Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Stephen Collins, Jimi Mistry, Ato Essandoh, Michael Sheen, et al / PG-13 / 87 mins / Warner Bros.)

Overview: In civil war–torn 1990s Sierra Leone, Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), a South African mercenary, and Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou), a Mende fisherman, pursue a missing diamond of inestimable value that could, if found, change the courses of both of their lives.

Verdict: A diamond smuggler (DiCaprio) and a fisherman (Hounsou) hunt for a hundred-carat diamond together in war-torn Sierra Leone. The fisherman's noble goal is to use it to save his family's life. The smuggler forgot the part about having a noble goal. People chase them — and then keep chasing them for two and a half hours! It was high time Hollywood stopped trying to make people care about genocide in Africa with stuff like Hotel Rwanda and simply embraced its natural impulse to exploit. Now it's just a really exciting and gory backdrop for a chase movie about a hot smuggler chasing diamonds who then falls for sexy American journalist Connelly. Halfway through the movie, I stopped worrying about exploitation and decided that more people will go see this than any documentary about Darfur. It'll be like seeing it on Oprah. At least they'll know it exists. Of course, I'm still wondering if that's better than nothing. And it does have a few exciting suspense moments. Not enough, but some.