Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
When the world closed its eyes, he opened his arms.
Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt to save their lives.
Based on the true events of the massacre that took place in Rwanda during its civil war, Hotel Rwanda is a tale of how a simple man went too far & risked his own life to save as many people as he possibly could even when he had the chance to simply walk away unharmed. It's a disturbing, violent film that also shows how the entire world deserted this African nation when it needed them most.
Don Cheadle stars as Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager who housed thousands of people in his hotel & his performance was, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the strongest of the decade and he single-handedly carried this film throughout its runtime and was brilliantly…
I recently read a long in-depth article about the current state of Rwanda and the the families who lost one or more (which was most of them) back in the brutal 1994 genocide, and decided to rewatch the 2004 film, which I had fond, but vague memories from. You know, just to get a different view on the whole situation. I've always felt that images tell a better story than words.
I remembered it as a great film, but I guess I've become more of snob in my later years. I was saddened, almost shocked, how little this films effected me. The way the whole movie is set up from the start is so contrived and silly that I had…
Hotel Rwanda is a movie that has been on my radar for a while now. I finally decided to check it out and it was fantastic. The story being based on the tragic actual events only adds to the film. It is a great historical movie that reminds me of Schindler's List, Ghandi, and The Pianist. It has heart, depth and with a true story like that was guaranteed to be great. And that it was, being a great and sad look at civil war in Africa.
First off the film is very well acted by Cheadle, who carries the load of the film, the rest of the supporting cast does their share either by feeling real and genuine or…
Watched this in my World History Class. It does a good job of accurately portraying the Rwandan genocide, and has a fantastic lead performance by Don Cheadle.
We don't need any great horrors from other worlds we human beings are horrible enough. The things we do to each other can never be equaled or surpassed by the greatest imaginations in Hollywood. Thankfully for every one thousand monsters walking around in skin there is always one person willing to rise above the normal and accomplish the inspirational. This is a powerful and moving film about one such man. Beautifully made to show our ugliest side and our potential for great mercy.
"I think if people see this footage they'll say, "oh my God that's horrible," and then go on eating their dinners.
Didn't expect this one to be so brutally honest about race relations. It doesn't hold back from the violence or the damning truth of what happened in Rwanda, or even how impassivity is so complicit in death just as much as the white nation that caused the schism in the country in the first place. It may not avoid the issues of being basic agitprop, but at least it's upfront and doesn't hide the facts.
In 1994, in Rwanda, members of the Tutsi tribe were mercilessly slaughtered by members of the Hutu tribe in a massacre that elicited shrugs from the West. Hotel Rwanda is a weighty, gripping and important film, but it is not the story of that massacre. It is the story of a hotel manager who saved the lives of more than a thousand people by being a truly good and compassionate human being. He is the kind of man who knows how things work in the real world. Don Cheadle plays Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager, and he does so convincingly and humanely, as a man of quiet, steady competence in a world of chaos. Never overacting, always careful and lucid,…
While there are moments in Hotel Rwanda that are incredibly stirring and well done, a lot of the production plays as safe "Oscar bait". Given a better director the film perhaps could've risen to the standard as other films that cover similar material (Last King of Scotland, for example). Don Cheadle gives a terrific performance but there are times when the sheer brutality and scale of the Rwandan genocide are not explored to full effect. Some of the film is slightly manipulative in typical Hollywood fare as well, unfortunately. Nick Nolte is solid as usual, but what was the point of Joaquin Phoenix?
Don Cheadle convincingly portrays bravery and kindness in an impossible, heartbreaking situation
Some stories simply need to be told. Though, I would dare say that certain stories call for specific storytellers, who possess the required sensitivity to tackle the subject matter in a respectful and honest way, and who also wouldn't have reservations to break social boundaries thus exposing the audience to something real and visceral.
One of the great examples of that type of filmmaking would definitely be "The Schindler's list" by Steven Spielberg, where a director with a personal connection to the story (being of Jewish descent himself) managed to bring audiences to their knees in reflection about the horrors of holocaust and our own collective conscience. With this film he was able to say 'look what happened to my…
Really strong performances from Cheadle and Okonedo are hampered by no more than decent direction and a script lacking in subtlety. Still, Hotel Rwanda is a powerfully affecting film about how in our darkest moments, common decency is a sign of extraordinary bravery.
Based on true events, this movie shows the bravery of Don Cheadles character in attempting to prevent the massacre of 1000 Tutsis in his hotel.
Harrowing at times.
This film does some things very well. It does a good job of establishing what the conflict between the Hutus and Tutsis was about, including it's pointless arbitrariness and it's roots in colonialism, and does so with a minimum of expository dialogue. It also gives a very clear idea of the scale and sheer terror of the events in Rwanda, without wallowing in bloodshed. It also depicts an interestingly different hero. A man who saved lives really by playing the enemy's game and being willing to bargain and even compromise his dignity to save lives. It's not something you see very often on film. What it doesn't do very well is break out of the overly earnest "issue film" mood that drags it down for large segments.
Såg den for tredje gong. Hugsar den som langt meir effektiv. Sterke inntrykk og mykje å lære i denne filmen, men no vart det tydelig kor preglaust den er laga. Rart klipt til, noko ein legger spesielt merke til heilt i slutten. Inkompetansen i regi og manus vitnar om nokon som har veldig lyst å fortelle denne viktige historia, men som heller burde latt nokon andre utføre det. Den ser gammal ut berre ti år etter. Heile filmen virkar som den er laga kun for å bli vist i ungdomsskulen, og til rein undervising er den god nok. Men det kunne nok blitt laga ein betre film også til den bruken.
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
The current list from imdb.com (updated regularly; last on January 18th; compared to 7th of April).
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