Hotel Rwanda (2004)
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No matter what we say, we will always be the white people getting on the bus.
Imagine that you have the responsibility of a hundred lives. You are watching your only hope going away while you are standing in the rain and can do nothing but save as many lives you can...
You won't understand this unless you have seen the movie. Hotel Rwanda is a fragment of cinema that shows the ugly truth of this world: Life is not always fair. This movie is marvelous, not because it's based on true events it's because the cameras captured the recreated events very beautifully.
Don Cheadle was great and I was surprised that he didn't won the Oscar. The performances really are great. Especially in the scene when all the foreign tourists are leaving the hotel and Paul watches them, standing in the rain, as they go away safely from the riots leaving the Rwandans... the emotions run deep. You even see a lady holding a dog in the bus. Now that's creativity!
I would recommend this to everyone. It's a unique movie with a very different style of film-making. And surprisingly, it's entertaining too. Hats off to Hotel Rwanda.
The story of this genocide will always give me the creeps. The failure of the UN and the horrible acts of people is absolutely terrifying. This is not my favourite film about it though. Yes, it was intense and yes, I cried and felt disgusted with mankind and scared half to death with the thought of being in the midst of similar events, but Shooting Dogs gave me nightmares. Hotel Rwanda probably will not. Still an amazing film though.
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This movie ranks #24 in History
This movie ranks #25 in Independent
This movie ranks #26 in Biography
This movie ranks #36 in War
This movie ranks #90 in AFI's 100 years...100 cheers
This movie ranks #98 in 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #189 in Top 250
This movie ranks #377 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #437 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life