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Hotel Rwanda 2004

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...

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8 Out Of 10
Honestly, though Hotel Rwanda is the story of one man who made an incredible difference, the feeling I took away from the movie is one of profound depression. Horrible, brutal things happen in this world, and we, as the movie says, acknowledge that they're horrible and then go back to our dinner. We don't really care. Africa is eating itself alive and in forty years the continent will be a hollow shell, and we don't care. Hotel Rwanda slaps you in the face with that reality, and as such it makes itself a hard movie to watch and even harder to review. It's excellent and Don Cheadle gives the performance of his career. If I have any criticism of the movie, it's that when it reached past the scope of just Paul's story, the movie lost momentum, but there's a lot of story to tell here and no one else is telling it. Rwanda lost a million people in the genocide. If it hadn't happened in Africa, it wouldn't have happened. Someone would have done something. Paul did do something and is a genuine hero. The movie tells a story worth telling and makes you think about the world in a way that we don't, but should.
I'm way behind on writing my reviews; I have at least 4 movies in the can I've not posted so these next several will probably be too brief, but here goes. This was an excellent film; it was just odd to me as someone who can bawl for days over a fictional character's demise that the atrocities and real massacre depicted here didn't move me quite as much. I know it's not a matter of it being too grand a scale to comprehend; I'm keenly aware of the all the horror here. The actors were all perfect, especially (of course) Don Cheadle and, for the first time in a very long time, Nick Nolte. The script was smart, tight and well-balanced. As someone who has trouble stomaching excess or unnecessary gore, I appreciated the remarkable restraint with which the filmmakers mainly described the torture and murders, usually showing mostly bloodless bodies afterward ..... but it seems to me if there ever was an appropriate time to be graphic and cruel in portraying violence it would be within a film that wants desperately to be heard as a way to call attention to what happened, and is still happening, in a war of genocide. I understand it was also a factual account of the people shown, but it just seemed to wrap up too 'neatly' with a 'happy' ending for most of them and it also felt to me as though it ended too rushed as though the editor felt they were running out of time. All in all, it was very well done and what WAS presented was almost flawless; it just, unfortunately, made it too 'easy' to practically forget I'd seen it a few days later. A film like this should stay with you for a very long time.
Hotel Rwanda (2004 dir. Terry George): 8/10

*1 Terry George Film Seen*
Hotel Rwanda

A brilliantly made and acted film, that sometimes draws out a tad too much.
As harrowing as you might suspect from the subject matter. Having said that, the film is not as powerful and affecting as you might wish. When it succeeds, it really succeeds, but at times it feels slightly overblown. Solid cinema nonetheless.

Hey its Rotten Tomatoes. But really, I don't sit half asleep in a dark room looking at some kind of screen all day. I just finished painting the outside of the house, and fixing the front windows. Looks much better and if the RE market around here ever stops sucking it'll be easier to sell if wanted. I took some pics but I gotta fix some of the landscaping too. After years of just doing the minimum it kind of shows.


Hotel Rwanda ...... 9.0/10
This is compared a lot to Schindler's List. There is some overlap. Genocide and saving some people from it, a feeling of helplessness against the gov't. approved mass murder. But it plays out quite a bit differently and runs over a period of days and not years. Cheadle is excellent, as is Nolte, but some of the supporting cast seemed a wee bit lightweight.

Mission Impossible III ...... 6.9/10
The action segments are the only thing this movie has going for it. The plot, such as it is, has been used about a million times and has little in common with the original IMF stories. Cruise seems personable enough in planned interviews but is an attention whore so he needs to shut the hell up and just make movies.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ............. 8.1/10
About 10 minutes into this movie and thinking that 'these guys are just making cookie cutter movies now', I realized that I had seen it before. Oh dopey me. Its good then its probably my favorite Potter movie so far. Its a darker Potter, like Prisoner of Azkaban, but a little more classic Potter themed. Only a little wincingly painful prepubescent chatter. Nice bunch of sashaying female wizard wannabes. Bad guys are really bad.
This was such a great movie that really brought the horrors of the Rwandan genocide to light with an emphasis on the lack of action from the rest of the world. This is what many people call the modern Schindler's List, I'm very happy that the ending worked out for the main character's family, but the movie itself was really touching from beginning to the end.
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