Shake Hands with the Devil Reviews
A good but not-so-great movie about the unfortunate Rwandan Genocide. The movie shows how a General is nothing but a puppet whose strings are moved as per his Major's wishes. It displays the helplessness of a man to help others only because he hasn't received the necessary 'orders'. Though their army is equipped, its hands are tied by the "Shoot only when you're shot at" type of orders that leave them almost defenseless. Hats off (okay, just noticed that I'm not wearing even a single hat right now, so postponing the 'hats off' act until unmentioned time) to those who can keep their cool even under such stressful conditions. I wish I could borrow a bit of it.
Roy Dupuis is incredible as Major-General Dallaire and most cast members are capable and play their own parts well. My only reservation on recommending this movie to a friend would be that this is not an action packed war movie, this is a movie about the politics and psychological impacts of Genocide.
Great Movie, definitely worth a look.
As such, I feel it succeeds as his mounting frustrations are palpable to the viewer but do not stray into the territory of melodrama. It may be a bit hokey to watch the depictions of phantoms from his past having conversations with him in the psychiatrist's office for some, but I accept the technique as furthering the goal I stated in the interest of necessary brevity.
I am familiar with Roy Dupuis from the television series The Last Chapter, which starred Michael Ironside and was about biker gangs. Here I feel he does a good job of portraying the man, but is somewhat stiff at times and perhaps doesn't reach the emotional center of his subject.
Overall I'd say the film underscores how powerful the documentary is, with its success at portraying the same issues with depth and aplomb, and if a viewer were to choose one format over the other it would be better to watch the real man speak.
The movie documents Roméo Dallaire's frustration with the U.N and subsequent guilt by refusing to get involved with what was going on and failing to stop the Rwandan genocide that he was witnessing.
I never heard of the the lead actor, Roy Dupuis, before watching the movie. He's very good in the lead role.
The docudrama took the time to explain what was happening on screen point by point in great detail which helped minimize confusion and clarify a lot of things.