"Diamond Cartel" Movie Review Peter O'Toole
Female characters are not featured in a favorable light; male figures are mostly typical stereotypes of not only modern days, but days of Asian films past.
Entertainment Factor70%
On the bright side
  • A satisfying twist at the end
  • Armand Assante
  • Lots of action
On the other hand
  • Characters have little depth

“Diamond Cartel” features the last performance by actor Peter O’Toole.

This film features the last performance of Peter O’Toole who passed away in 2013. “Diamond Cartel” movie review.


The charismatic and ruthless Mussa makes a deal to purchase the Star of East Diamond from the Hong-Kong triad crime boss Mr. Lo – but not before being robbed via an inside job by his own people aka former lovers Aliya and Ruslan. Aliya’s other former love interest and Mussa henchman gets involved setting up a veritable “who dunnit” love triangle versus Mussa over pursuit of his gem and riches. With the help of a friend determined to ferry the back-stabbing duo of Aliya and Ruslan across the sea abroad, the couple nearly makes it across the borders with the loot. But Mussa’s gangsters find them just before they escape and a spectacular, violent finale that sets up a surprise ending. Written By Cleopatra Team (IMDb)

“Diamond Cartel” was filmed in Kazakhstan and is done in English. The plot is good, even though it seems a bit dated. Armand Assante stars, still looking good.

A beautiful woman gets in a bit of trouble while she is working for a Casino owned by Mussa. This man (played by Armand Assante), is rich and powerful beyond all belief. He has his eye on a huge diamond known as ‘The East Diamond.’ He also has his eye on Aliya, the woman who allowed a man to run her poker table.

Aliya has been in love with Ruslan since they were children. However, her life takes a turn that she never saw coming. Forced to become an assassin for Mussa, she rediscovers Ruslan and the film goes crazy from there.

As the synopsis says, there is a twist at the end that it makes the whole story come together.

Terra’s Thoughts

“Diamond Cartel” is an up and down ride. It’s a story in which the good guys and the bad guys are hard to tell apart.

The acting is good and as I said above, the plot is good.

“Diamond Cartel” opens today Friday 23 2017 at Arena Cinemas in Hollywood and Santa Monica. This film will be on VOD  starting April 4.

3/5 stars.

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