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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 1990’s 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…
So over a million people died in the Rwandan genocide right? Then why is it the only death scenes are from a distance in newsreel footage? This film should have been unsettlingly violent, I should have been scared while watching it, not bored. Maybe if the studios had some integrity they would have allowed an R-rating and given the audience a more real genocide experience, and I would have felt more than dull empathy towards anything happening in this film
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.
Decades Ago Classics 2004, 1/3
HOTEL RWANDA turns out to be pretty much exactly what I expected - kind of the simplifyed and Americanized film the haters saw - only for the sake of seeing it - in SCHINDLER'S LIST. Even though it simply wasn't that film, HOTEL RWANDA is.
Now don't get me wrong, it's a captivating film as a pure drama - though not very well-made it gets it's point across and does just about everything it sets out to do; and for a good portion of the time it seems to be enough. It's just that it's based on the most real of events so it feels... or well it is censored, uneven in it's realism and…
If you're going to make a film about genocide, really go for it. How am I going to get any power and sense of tragedy from a film which doesn't show the horrors of killings closely. Distant newsreel footage is all, really? The peril of the hotel's inhabitants isn't really felt as strongly as it should be because the threat isn't real seeming. Make me terrified for them; make my jaw drop with shock at the grizzly experiences of the victims to the terrible events. Have some sort of realism. Some power.
Now, I know the film is based on a true story. I'm not trying to say that what Paul Rusesabagina did wasn't amazing and brave. It was. The…
Solid story, but the film felt like it could have been more confronting in the treatment of its subject matter. Sadly, there was some awful photography here, but a great performance from Mr. Cheadle and the supporting cast.
An inspiring tale of courage in the face of a strong current. A classic movie about a war-torn nation. It is true what they say about other nations that hear the cry but stand by and watch.
Without Don Cheadle's performance this film would have fallen flat. I feel that this film is a good example of trying to fit too many characters and events within a two hour time slot. There were key moments that felt rushed resulting in a shallower connection to the protagonist. However the general story is moving, that combined with Cheadle's acting made it worth watching.
I'm not saying Hotel Rwanda isn't an important movie, but it just isn't a very good one.
Effective and harrowing, but it also feels like Terry George's directing didn't do much to elevate the powerful subject matter or make a meaningful statement about it.
best documentary.. a real piece of work.. should be appreciated..
Essentially the Rwandan-genocide equivalent of Schindler's List, Hotel Rwanda is a hard-hitting, heartfelt and powerfully acted film. The cinematography was colorful, and the subject-matter was expertly handled so that viewers could genuinely feel the onscreen characters suffering. The only gripe I can really scrape out is Nick Nolte's seemingly dry character and occasionally incomprehensible dialogue. Other than that, Hotel Rwanda is an important film that serves as an eye-opener towards the depressing truth of horror's that are ignored around the world.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- About Last Night...
- The Accidental Tourist
- Across the Universe
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
- The Shawshank Redemption
- The Godfather
- The Godfather: Part II
- Pulp Fiction
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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