Hotel Rwanda Reviews
Don Cheadle's finest work and probably one of the best dramas around, nothing quite hits you in the heart than a movie about struggle and survivial in the world's most dangerous and hopless continent... Africa. And it pretty much made things clear that the world cannot stand by too long while people are being massacared... and in the end, one million people were killed in Rwanda.
Enter Paul Rusesabagina (Cheadle) , a Hutu, who is the manager of the Hôtel des Mille Collines in Kigali, Rwanda. When the Hutu President is killed after Tutsi rebels broke and agreement, the extremist Hutu army and milita ordered the death of all Tutsi rebels and their conspirators, leading to the death of millions. Paul's wife, being a Tutsi, is found by a small group of refugees and he manages to hide them inside his hotel which i guarded by UN peacekeepers. But the handful soon turn into hundreds, as the extremists begin to "cleanse" the land of the cockroaches, and the UN powerless to help, the Western World seeing no gain from sending any reinforcements. With the foriengers and UN gone, Paul uses bribes to keep the militia at bay while his employer Mr Tillens (Jean Reno) and General Oliver (Gary Busey) try to convince the superiors and nations to assist the Rwandans....and in the midst of all this, Paul is left to manage his four star hotel and its workers, care for his scared family and protect the hundreds of refugees under his care, risking his wealth and his life to save as many as he can.
A really great piece of filmmaking, the drama never stops as Paul and the world surrounding him plunges into deeper levels of despair after the other, and at times hope is almost lost, and time has run out
An excellent film.... Go watch it yourself, nothing more to be said here.
I will say that I am thankful to the OETA (Oklahoma Educational Television Association) for including this very important film in their Saturday night "Movie Club" lineup that is usually reserved for 'classic' films. (They sandwiched it between Inherit the Wind and Key Largo).
A horrific look at a travisty of humanity, that is sadly being repeated today in Darfur with similar disregard.
Will we ever learn?
This film requires your full attention and you'd be a harder person than me if this doesn't effect your emotions.
VERDICT: A definite recommendation.
A thought provoking film that shows man's cruelty in this world and I suggest you watch it. NOW.