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Kazakh crime thriller 'Diamond Cartel' is a best-forgotten mess

Kazakh crime thriller 'Diamond Cartel' is a best-forgotten mess

Perhaps most disheartening about the disjointed mess “Diamond Cartel” is that it will go down as the late, great Peter O’Toole’s final screen appearance. What he was doing in this cheesy, Kazakhstan shot-and-set crime thriller is anyone’s guess; that he’s scarcely in it may be the saving grace.

Several other familiar actors also found their way into the mayhem here, most notably a bulky, scenery-chewing Armand Assante in a new career low as an unhinged kingpin-type in pursuit of a mega-diamond. Michael Madsen, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa pop up as well in other blurry, one-note roles.

Nominal lead characters Ruslan (Alexey Frandetti)...

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