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Hotel Rwanda tagline: A true story of a man who fought impossible odds to save everyone he could and created a place where hope survived.
|Directors: Terry George|
|IMDB Rating: 8.3/10 out of 84,767 votes|
“Hotel Rwanda” Movie Review
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The true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
Such an important film
I’m a college freshman at a small school in New York taking a class on the individuals role and responsibility in community. We read the book ‘We’d like to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families’ about the Rwandan genocide and then went to see this movie. It is very accurate about what happened but reading it is just not the same as seeing it, it seemed horrendous always but when I actually saw the movie it was just… Jesus… it’s so hard to believe that this happened and that this could. The film was excellent in both execution and portrayal. Everyone must see this movie and know we are all human beings and it is our responsibility to be there for each other. Jesus Christ… this can not happen.
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An important film for our time
I attended the United States premier of Hotel Rwanda on November 3rd, 2004 in Philadelphia. I have never written a review for a movie before, but this movie was excellent and I am urging everyone I know that they should see it as well. I lived in Rwanda in the summer of ‘04. I have read several books on the history of Rwanda and talked about the ‘94 genocide with locals in Rwanda and also with Rwandans living in the US. I am by no means an expert on the history or the country, but I do know a fair amount about it, which is part of why I am writing this review. The movie was an excellent reproduction of what Rwanda is like and it tells the true story of one of the many heroes during that time. While it is a sad movie, it is also a story of hope. The portrayal of the violence was subtle and powerful, but not overly graphic. The movie focuses on the efforts of the manager of an upscale hotel in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda to protect the guests/refugees streaming into his hotel to escape the killing. The writer/directory (who spoke after the premier) said that he made an effort to get a PG13 rating rather than an R rating to ensure that students would be able to see this movie. It is an important movie to see because it brings to life the hope and triumph in Rwanda. It also shows what the media did not show in ‘94 and is not showing in Darfur: The suffering of ordinary people who need help from the rest of the world. While governments repeat the phrase ‘never again’ yet do nothing, it is up to us to ordinary people to learn about these events and do something or make our governments do something about them. Please see this movie-it does not have the budget to launch everywhere and relies on word of mouth to generate enough interest to make it into every city.
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A brilliant movie that deserved a Best Picture Oscar-nomination
At one point in ‘Hotel Rwanda,’ our hero Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) asks an American TV reporter (Joaquin Phoenix) how the western world could not intervene after seeing scenes of women and children being hacked by machete-wielding Hutu militia
How could they not, indeed! As we all know, the west didn’t intervene. Not surprising, really. After all, this was Africa and Rwanda had no oil reserves. The people being killed were innocent men, women and children, but they were poor and black
A few years ago, former President Bill Clinton apologized to Rwandans for not intervening during the 100-day massacre that saw about one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus slaughtered in the most barbaric manner. It was gracious of Clinton, but a fat lot of good his apology did to the people who were killed and their families
The Rwandan genocide – that’s what it was, though western leaders split hairs over the meaning of genocide also was a black mark on western nations, which simply got their citizens out of Rwanda and then remained indifferent to the senseless killings
Terry George’s film gives us one story about the Rwandan genocide, of one hero, Paul, a savvy, clever and cunning manager of a swank, four-star Belgian hotel in the capital, Kigali. When the massacres began, Paul, a Hutu, sheltered more than 1,200 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in the hotel and saved them from the wrath of the bloodthirsty mobs
Working from a smart script by Keir Pearson and George, ‘Hotel Rwanda’ contains gutwrenching and emotionally trying moments not seen on the big screen since ‘Schindler’s List’ (1993). But whereas Spielberg’s masterpiece was more arty and artistic – and I don’t mean that pejoratively – George’s film seems more immediate. Maybe it’s because we now see a similar slaughter of poor, downtrodden people in the Darfur region of Sudan and, again, western nations aren’t doing much other than threatening to rap the knuckles of the bad guys like angry teachers. This crisis gives ‘Hotel Rwanda’ a sense of urgency
As visceral as this film is at times, George handles everything in muted fashion. We never see the horrors firsthand. There’s brief news footage of people being killed and one particularly searing scene when Paul and his bellhop Gregoire (Tony Kgoroge) find themselves on a bumpy road. The moment’s made more horrifying because George unveils it quite matter-of-factly
Making a PG-13 film about genocide requires numerous compromises. Putting most, if not all, of the violence off-camera is one such bargain George made. True, a closer look at the massacre would have rightly tortured us. But the film, nevertheless, works without gruesome moments. Pearson and George set out to make a story of heroism, survival, love and compassion amid the madness. And they succeeded
Cheadle carries the entire film. There isn’t a false note in his performance. For years, he’s turned in one superb performance after another. He’s one of those actors who never hits it wrong and whose performances always stand out even if the films themselves aren’t all that memorable. Here, he’s in equal measure the smooth manager, man with a conscience and frightened husband and father. You can sense Paul’s frustration, though Cheadle rarely displays any vulnerability
He gets great support from Sophie Okonedo as Paul’s Tutsi wife, Tatiana, and Nick Nolte doing his best work in years as a Canadian United Nations officer, Colonel Oliver. Okonedo and Cheadle are utterly believable as a couple. They have one traumatic scene on the hotel roof, a quietly powerful moment that tugs at our heartstrings as we watch two people who love each other try to deal with what could happen. Okonedo conveys anger, fear and pain without ever turning the moment sentimental or needlessly overwrought. That’s why the moment’s shattering.’Hotel Rwanda’ isn’t flawless. George doesn’t harshly indict the west for its indifference. Also, some scenes, especially one near the film’s end, seem staged for obvious dramatic effect, to play with our sense of sympathy and dread. But minor faults can easily be forgiven because the rest of the film works so well, never sensationalizing any moment. The film’s straightforward approach gives it more power, makes it more trenchant and meaningful
I would like to believe that we learn from history and the more powerful western nations will always come to the aid of oppressed people everywhere. But we’re doing little in Darfur and although President George W. Bush openly touts his vision to spread liberty and democracy to oppressed peoples everywhere, I doubt he actually means it. After all, this freedom doctrine was something he created only after his initial justification for waging an unjust war – Iraq’s supposed stockpiles of WMD – proved to be wholly without merit or fact. I doubt he actually considers bringing liberty to places like Zimbabwe or Burma. He speaks of the need for people to be free, conveniently ignoring some dictatorial nations – Pakistan and Turkmenistan, for instance – because they happen to be our allies. And so the dumb foreign policy continues
I can only hope the success of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ will prompt other gutsy screenwriters and filmmakers to tell us more stories about the horrors that took place and the complacency of industrialized nations that could have helped and chose not to.
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‘Hotel Rwanda’ – A true story of a man who fought impossible odds to save everyone he could and created a place where hope survived.