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Solidly built around a subtle yet commanding performance by Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda emerged as one of the most highly-praised dramas of 2004. In a role that demands his quietly riveting presence in nearly every scene, Cheadle plays real-life hero Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager in the Rwandan capital of Kigali who in 1994 saved 1,200 Rwandan "guests" from certain death during the genocidal clash between tribal Hutus, who slaughtered a million victims, and the horrified Tutsis, who found safe haven or died. Giving his best performance since his breakthrough role in Devil in a Blue Dress, Cheadle plays Rusesabagina as he really was during the ensuing chaos: "an expert in situational ethics" (as described by critic Roger Ebert), doing what he morally had to do, at great risk and potential sacrifice, with an understanding that wartime negotiations are largely a game of subterfuge, cooperation, and clever bribery. Aided by a United Nations official (Nick Nolte), he worked a saintly miracle, and director Terry George (Some Mother's Son) brings formidable social conscience to bear on a true story you won't soon forget. --Jeff Shannon
| CATEGORY: || DVD |
| DIRECTOR: || Terry George |
| THEATRICAL RELEASE DATE: || 04 February, 2005 |
| MANUFACTURER: || MGM (Video & DVD) |
| MPAA RATING: || PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) |
| FEATURES: || AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC |
| TYPE: || Adult Language, Adult Situations, Cathartic, Color, Docudrama, Drama, Earnest, English, Feature, Feature Film Drama, Feature Film-drama, Forceful, Harsh, Intimate, Italy, Movie, Political Drama, Refugees, Righting the Wronged, South Africa |
| MEDIA: || DVD |
| MPN: || D1008501D |
| # OF MEDIA: || 1 |
| UPC: || 027616925121 |
Customer Review of Hotel Rwanda
Award Winning Performance by Cheadle...
This gut wrenching movie is based on the true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a five star assistant hotel manager in Africa who spent his life being accommodating to the rich, famous and powerful clientele of the hotel Mille Collines in hope that one day he could call on them to help his family.
>All hell breaks loose in 1994 just before the president is assassinated. Following this begins the unbelievable genocide raged against the Tootsis people. Paul has to think fast on his feet to keep his wife and children alive (they are Tootsis, he is Hutu). His actions surprise even himself. Without expecting it, Paul becomes a humanitarian, saving over 1000 refugees by hiding them in the hotel while over 800,000 Tootsis were being slaughtered.
>The act of killing so many people seems incomprehensible. Hotel Rwanda's disturbing content deals with the dark side of humanity. It did not try to over shadow the horror with flying limbs and splashing blood like they could of. It focuses instead on the emotional and psychological turmoil of the main characters and those within the hotel. This is one of the best films I've ever seen. Don Cheadle is superb as Paul Rusesabagina and this important story is something that you'll remember and want to talk about. Reviewed by M. E. Wood.
A film that is worth repeated viewing
This isn't a perfect film, but it does come very close. It makes a few unnecessary changes to the actual event, such as the identity of the commander of UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda. The fictional Colonel Oliver comes across as rather dry and emotionless, which bears no relations to the actual commander in charge of the peacekeeping mission, Romeo Dallaire. As a study of a man who changed from bystander to rescuer however, the film is very useful. Comparable to some of the lessons I have learnt about rescuers during the Shoah (Holocaust).
Hutus & the Blowfish
Or, "Sir, would you like some DEATH with during your stay?"
>Yes, Don Cheadle owns, quietly, every scene in this flick.
>Yes, director Terry George & vet cinematographer Bob Fraisse (who served up the kinetic street warfare in "Ronin") cook up a little deadly cinematic ghoulash. They evoke, vividly, the feral sink of depravity that was Rwanda in 1994, when more than a million Hutus & Tutsis were slaughtered in an orgy of ferocious destruction, turning the land into a reeking abattoir.
>But in the end, so what? What is the point here?
>If the point is that something Horrible happened in Africa---well, folks, get over it. Something horrible is always happening in Africa: ask the Sudanese in Darfur, where a brutal genocide against the south is carried out by the Muslim Janjaweed militia, who have slaughtered nearly a million in the last two years, who take delight in refining their tactics of rape and carnage.
>Or ask the Cambodians, whose skulls their former God-Emperor Pol Pot used to stack by the millions, as if building little bony towers to heaven, even as liberal lion Noam Chomsky apologized for him.
>Or dial up the thousands of Iranian students huddled in broomclosets in Iran, who are regularly beaten, abducted, tortured, and killed for daring to voice dissent to the Mullahocracy's iron rule there.
>I'm sure you would have heard outrage had you parachuted into Iraq before April 2003---muted, because an Iraqi expressing his revulsion for Saddam's death camps, torture factories, & rape rooms would have been in danger of apprehension by the hated secret police---and maybe had his tongue pulled off for his troubles.
>What happened? The UN dithered & stalled (just as it did with Rwanda, as it does with the Sudan), despite Saddam's violation of more than 13 separate sanctions over the past decade. Eager to remove Saddam---for his atrocities, for the threat his intransigent regime posed the US, and for his probable secret WMD program (moved to Syria while the US waltzed with the UN for fruitless months)---the US took action, and deposed the tyrant in weeks.
>Did the US mishandle post-war Iraq? Absolutely. But for its troubles, the US, and particularly President Bush, received nothing but international vilification: for saving millions of Iraqis from torture & tyranny, Bush was branded "a new Hitler". Liberal 'experts' now assure us we have no place remaining in the middle of a "civil war".
>You know, a 'Civil War'. Just like in Rwanda. Or in the Sudan.
>Which is why this type of movie, however beautifully acted, however balefully true, however illlustrative of the savagery of Man at his worst---its appeal eludes me. Does it make you feel righteous, weeping over the long-buried dead, while ignoring those about to be shoveled into the charnel pit? Does it make you feel oh-so-sweet-sanctimony?
>Remember this, then: the next time you weep into your popcorn over cinematic bloodshed: when another tribe, another people, face the cameras with tears in their eyes and bayonets in their backs & beg rescue from a weary West, the answer will likely be: "Sorry, it's none of our business. Try the UN."
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