The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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…
The sentimental influence of Hollywood blunts the sharp blade of an African holocaust.
Hotel Rwanda (2004) concerns the Rwandan genocide that had occurred a decade previous – a mass slaughter of Tutsi people, on the grounds of ethnicity, that began within a few hours of reigning President Habyarimana’s assassination. Catalysed by the existing conflict from the Rwandan Civil War, and exacerbated by a prepared political elite known as akazu; what resulted was an eruption of terror and intense violence that snatched the lives of an estimated one million Rwandan souls in the period of around one hundred days.
This key historical drama is based on real life events that transpired only twenty years ago – a modern day holocaust that…
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…
The film should get the same amount of recognition as Schindler's List.
Why I watched this movie? I have heard about this movie for 11 years now.....but because the subject matter was so depressing....I always stayed away from the movie....but no more....as I have now seen Hotel Rwanda.
What is this one about? The true story of a hotel manager (Don Cheadle) who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
My thoughts on this one? This is a very well done movie that reminded me of Schindler's List. Don Cheadle is outstanding in the lead role....and very much deserved his Oscar nomination that he got for this movie. Nick Nolte as a United Nations peace keeper and Sophie Okonedo as Cheadle's wife also shine…
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.
I have to believe that this film is infinitely more powerful if you're using it as a crash course lesson for the Rwandan genocide. Frankly the cinematic aspects of 'Hotel Rwanda' are nothing special - but then, that's not really why you watch movies like this.
My hope is that this film continues to serve from an educational standpoint, because what makes me the angriest is how hard the Western world ignored the actual event. Watch this out of respect for the 800,000 people who died not only because of the tribe on their ID cards, but because the nations who could have helped saved their own and abandoned them instead.
It took me too long to watch this.....fantastic film.
Don Cheadle at his finest.
A great story that is unfortunately told in such a standard way that it sanitises the subject matter.
A good look at the dark side of humanity even though the movie has flaws.
24 of 30: Scavenger Hunt March 2016
a film with a country's name in its title
Maybe if I watched this in 2004, I would have thought it was better. Maybe if I hadn't watched this a few days after the fantastic Beasts of No Nation, I would have thought it was better.
Don Cheadle's performance is definitely fantastic. The way he shows his character's despair through the mask of keeping it together was amazing.
Other than that, I wanted more. It's about something important that people should be aware of but there was a bit too much Hollywood sentimentality to this for me. I felt like it only skimmed the surface of the conflict between the Hutus and the Tutsis and the resulting horrifying acts. It felt like the filmmakers played it too safe.
Aside from Don Cheadle giving the best performance I've seen yet, my favorite part about this movie was the subtle yet powerful message.
Being familiar with the events of the Rwandan genocide, I felt this movie wasn't too much more than a reminder of the horrific atrocities committed in 1994.
I feel an apt comparison to make is with Steven Spielberg's film "Schindler's List", which has several things in common with the events of this film (and even came out a year before the actual genocide in Rwanda). This movie feels like if Schindler's List wasn't as inspired, rather letting the sad real life events do the heavy emotional lifting rather than providing support and bolstering an already depressing situation. Spielberg took the opportunity to say more than "the Holocaust was really sad" in his film, there's so many layers to Schindler's List…
Harrowing and exciting true-life account of Paul Rusesabagina, a man who opened up his hotel to refugees during a Rwandan civil war.
Don Cheadle gives an amazing performance as a man of business who reluctantly dons the cloak of a man of action in order to be a help to his people. The film addresses the horrors of the Rwandan genocide, and the horrific arbitrariness that makes one group of people so utterly hate another that they want to destroy them, but it's never preachy. Director Terry George successfully walks the delicate line between making an entertaining film about a terrible incident without exploiting it.
Cheadle was rightfully Oscar nominated, and a nomination also went to Sophie Okonedo as his wife.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
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