Director Edward Zwick, who has made his career up of smart action films, makes his most socially conscience film to date. This film takes a scathing look at the diamond industry at the end of the 20th Century. Blood diamonds or conflict diamonds are being smuggled out of civil war torn places like Sierra Leone to fund the bloody slaughter of people within Africa.
The film begins with Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou, IN AMERICA) walking his son Dia (Kagiso Kuypers, film debut) to school when RUF rebels raid their village gunning down anyone in sight. Solomon is able to get his family to safety, but he is captured in the process and sent to a mining camp to dig for diamonds. While there, he finds a huge pink stone well over 100 carats and makes the very dangerous decision to pocket the jewel. In jail, smuggler Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio, THE DEPARTED) learns of Solomon's pink diamond from the murderous rebel leader Capt. Poison (David Harewood, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE), who vows to find the diamond himself.