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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…
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…
The film should get the same amount of recognition as Schindler's List.
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.
Hotel Rwanda, despite it's tragic and genocidal narrative heft, manages to be a relatively emotionless film throughout. It's salvaged by a compelling performance from Don Cheadle, but does not manage to be the emotional punch it needs to be. Rather than indicting the Americans and Europeans who let this tragedy occur, it simply depicts it in a very informative fashion. Any real power derived from this film is simply from the truth of it, rather than the direction.
I'd be interested to see Avu DeVernay make a version of this.
Quite simply a brilliant movie. It has a great balance between style and theme. It is simply a must-see movie.
The whole film actually reminded me of Schindler's List..
Don Cheadle on a bed of rice.
Don Cheadle's best. Still pretty relevant with what's going on in Syria. This is the type of movie that makes me feel ashamed for ever complaining about anything. This film will ground any person who watches it and will make you appreciate what's around them a little more. Damn powerful.
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U know, u watch this in school, ur like damn wars hell, but its like school-safe wars hell.
It's kind of strange to tell such a big story in such a small way. Feels like a tv movie.
A very capable film with a great Don Cheadle performance.
The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
Rwanda is such a beautiful country, mankind is so hideous. And the times when Sabena owned 4* hotels and its president could reach the French president are long over.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.