DiCaprio sparkles in brilliant gem
PUBLISHED: 11:08 25 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:31 24 May 2010
DIAMONDS might be a girl's best friend, but can a rare pink one change someone's fate? Set against the backdrop of civil war and chaos in 1990s Sierra Leone, Blood Diamond
DIAMONDS might be a girl's best friend, but can a rare pink one change someone's fate?Set against the backdrop of civil war and chaos in 1990s Sierra Leone, Blood Diamond is the story of Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), a former mercenary from Zimbabwe, and Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou), a Mende fisherman.Both men are African, but their histories are as different as any can be, until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond that can transform their lives, or end it. Solomon, who has been taken from his family and forced to work in the diamond fields, finds the extraordinary gem and hides it at great risk, knowing if he is discovered, he will be killed instantly. But he also knows the diamond could not only provide the means to save his wife and daughters from a life as refugees, but also help rescue his son, Dia, from an even worse fate as a child soldier.Archer, who has made his living trading diamonds for arms, learns of Solomon's hidden stone while in prison for smuggling. He knows a diamond like it is a once-in-a-lifetime find and valuable enough to be his ticket out of Africa and away from the cycle of violence and corruption in which he has been a willing player.Meanwhile, idealistic American journalist Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly) is in Sierra Leone to uncover the truth behind conflict diamonds, exposing the complicity of diamond industry leaders who have chosen profits over principles. Maddy seeks out Archer as a source for her article, but soon finds it is he who needs her even more.With her help, Archer and Solomon embark on a dangerous trek through rebel territory. Archer needs Solomon to find and recover the valuable pink diamond, but Solomon seeks something far more precious, his son.Blood Diamond is showing at the Odeon, Weston, from Friday (Jan 26).