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.
Man, what a bad movie. I'll point out only two things on why this movie should never be top250:
- a huge massacre is happening and the movie is focused on showing mr. Paul and their family, is this the real important story on what happened in 1994?
- according to many testimonies, Paul was not as depicted in this movie - a hero that saved 1.200 lives. He was soulless: for example, he often hid the hotel's supplies so that he could sell them to the ones who could afford it, leaving poorer refugees starving.
I'm horrified how anyone could twist the real story just to make it a happy ending to please the masses.
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This movie ranks #23 in History
This movie ranks #27 in Independent
This movie ranks #28 in Biography
This movie ranks #36 in War
This movie ranks #90 in AFI's 100 years...100 cheers
This movie ranks #186 in Top 250
This movie ranks #377 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #444 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life