Hotel Rwanda Reviews
March 1, 2015
The film is powerful and moving, but that's got more to do with knowing the horrible events actually took place -- not because of anything special about the film making (other than possibly Cheadle's understated Paul). Cheadle's acting was exceptional, and everyone else was good with the notable exception of Nolte who played his role as if he were a caricature of a gruff-but-lovable military careerist. It's worth seeing to remind yourself that this genocide really happened and the rest of the world really didn't care that much.
November 27, 2009
Very powerful and extremely moving.
February 19, 2015
An inspirational tale of survival, "Hotel Rwanda" showcases a grim narrative to a world event many of us have, likely, never heard of. Overall, a fantastic showcase of a horrific genocide.
February 17, 2015
This film does some things very well. It does a good job of establishing what the conflict between the Hutus and Tutsis was about, including it's pointless arbitrariness and it's roots in colonialism, and does so with a minimum of expository dialogue. It also gives a very clear idea of the scale and sheer terror of the events in Rwanda, without wallowing in bloodshed. It also depicts an interestingly different hero. A man who saved lives really by playing the enemy's game and being willing to bargain and even compromise his dignity to save lives. It's not something you see very often on film. What it doesn't do very well is break out of the overly earnest "issue film" mood that drags it down for large segments.
September 11, 2010
A very touching look at the ravages of 'war' (if you can call it that) in Africa. It's hard to believe this was only 20 years ago - and that it still continues to this day in the Congo. Cheadle is excellent as Paul, the hotel manager that the film follows through the genocide - it doesn't get caught up trying to do/show everything, rather just focusing on him, his family & the hotel, which makes it all the more powerful. Nolte's not bad as the UN peacekeeping general either. A very well made drama.
December 4, 2013
Hotel Rwanda is an extremely intense and very well constructed drama. We follow the journey of a man who wants to get his family out of a terrible genocide while also providing a place of refuge for the targeted The acting is quite good, and the story is extremely engrossing. It effectively gets the message of the film across without being in your face or disgusting about it. The movie keeps you on the edge of your seat, and though simple, is remarkably well made. It isn't for everyone, and it certainly has little to no rewatchability, but it is an effective and powerful retelling of horrific events. Hotel Rwanda gets 4/5 stars (B+).
January 31, 2015
Descubrí esta película durante un clase de Sociología. Nunca había escuchado sobre Rwanda o lo que había pasado ahí, hasta que discutimos el tema. Puedo decir que Hotel Rwuanda es para África como "Schindler's List" fue para los judíos. Una película que en verdad me hizo llorar y reflexionar sobre lo que significa ser humano. ¿Por qué la ONU y las naciones del mundo le dieron la espalda a Rwuanda cuándo los necesitaban más que a nada? ¿Por qué dejar morir a más de un millón de personas solo por el hecho de ser de otra raza? Si aún no conocen la historia de Rwuanda los invito a ver esta película. La verdad no tengo palabras para describir lo poderosa es esta película.
January 25, 2015
Pathos and hope comprise the main building blocks of Terry George's "Hotel Rwanda," a film that attains greatness - not just for its effortless storytelling ability, but also because of the significance that that story happens to possess.
|Jose Luis M.||
January 20, 2015
Basada en hechos reales, esta es una pelìcula de denuncia de buena factura.
December 8, 2014
There's an ugly not-my-country-not-my-problem tattoo stamped on the U.S.'s backside. At times, they thoroughly believe in that tattoo; but in others, they gaze at it with a tinge of regret. I'm sure America has felt that potent remorse when reflecting on the Holocaust or the Cambodian genocide. But as one character in "Hotel Rwanda" puts it, the majority of our nation hears of the crimes, says "that's awful," turns right around, and finishes their dinner. I'm guilty of it, you're guilty of it; we're all guilty of it. There is no one to blame in particular - an ordinary person can't simply drop everything and become a humanitarian - but in "Hotel Rwanda," the that's awful mentality is transformed from a mere numbers game to a stinging reality.
In 1994, millions of Rwandan citizens were killed in a response to the snapping of the racial tension between the two predominant ethnicities, the Hutu and the Tutsi. When Tutsi rebels assassinated the country's dictator, Juvénal Habyarimana, the slowly growing mentality that the Tutsi, who migrated to Rwanda early in its foundation, were not natural-born citizens and therefore a threat to the country finally hit its climax. In response, Hutu soldiers began exterminating Tutsi civilians without even batting an eye.
But amidst any atrocity there is always a hero; in the Rwandan genocide's case, that hero was Paul Rusesabagina, the manager of the Hotel Des Milles Collines. By allowing scores of would-be victims to stay in the fluctuating rooms and hallways with no charge, he saved nearly 1,300 people. The film presents him not with the rugged exuberance of a John Wayne type, but rather with a man who feels the need to do the right thing and has the means to do so.
We are only given glimpses into the barbarities that took place in the varying neighborhoods and regions, but "Hotel Rwanda" succeeds in the fact that it's not a lecture or an in-your-face history lesson. It's by turns enlightening, grim and affecting. Because Rusesabagina is Hutu and his wife is Tutsi (therefore his kids are in grave danger as well), there is an added franticness that makes every second more precious than the last.
Rusesbagina is portrayed by Don Cheadle, his wife by Sophie Okonedo, with Nick Nolte playing a conflicted French Canadian colonel who is forced to make tough decisions in an environment where there isn't any time to make tough decisions. Cheadle's performance is so poignant because he is willing to risk everything he has in order to save others, despite the fact that he may die in the process. To go from fledging hotel manager to a saint within a matter of hours isn't a smooth task, but he accents Rusesbagina's integrity with a devout spirit. What should he do, send every Tutsi out into the street to die? As Rusesbagina's wife, Okonedo is the emotional core of the film, fearing endlessly for her kids and her valiant husband. Okonedo lays every sense she has down on the table; we feel what she feels.
"Hotel Rwanda" is a terrifically acted and tremendously vigorous account of a monstrous part of our history. Even though the majority of countries looked away, the film places us at an uncomfortable distance to the heinous event, making us rethink that entire not-my-country-not-my-problem philosophy.
November 1, 2014
An inspiring tale of courage in the face of a strong current. A classic movie about a war-torn nation. It is true what they say about other nations that hear the cry but stand by and watch.
September 29, 2014
A deeply effective and haunting film. It shows the best and worst parts of humanity.
May 27, 2008
This movie reminds me of Schindler's List, and yet more realistic, heart-breaking and moving. It offers another angle to explore racism and basic human rights. If one is as capable as Don Cheadle in the movie, of course he ought to give a helping hand to the oppressed. But even if you don't, you shouldn't let prejudice, hatred and violence intrude your mind and become an oppressor.
September 7, 2014
Part of my remaining iMDB Top 250 List that i currently want to complete. Joaquín Phoenix and Jean Reno supporting. Strong but not great
April 26, 2014
Don Cheadle's Oscar nominated performance drives this heartbreaking and emotional drama set during the Hutu-Tutsi civil war in Rwanda. Cheadle plays hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, who tries to save the lives of more than a thousand Tutsi refugees by hiding them in his hotel. A few scenes that will be hard for me to (ever) forget, the "bumps" on the road as they drive through the fog, the little orphan girl exclaiming "Please don't let them kill me, I promise I won't be Tutsi anymore'' Yeah, brutal. So anyways. A good movie, Cheadle's performance is amazing, I had a hard time accepting Nick Nolte as a "Canadian" UN Colonel, Joaquin Phoenix is essentially a cameo, not a big budget Hollywood film and all the better for it. Reminiscent of Shindler's List in the beginning as Paul tries to pay/barter for Tutsi's lives. 8/26/14
February 9, 2014
Really good movie but it is pretty light for a movie about genocide. If they made it darker and if it was rated R, it would have been a lot better.
July 7, 2014
Don Cheadle plays Oscar Schindler as a hotel manager that uses all his efforts to save the lives of 1200 refugees from the genocidal rampage of Hutu militants while most of the world was watching.
July 3, 2014
Heartbreaking and harrowing in equal measure, as it shows the desperate attempts of Paul Russesbegina, trying to salvage humanity in a time when everything around him seems to be dead. This Schindlers List set in Rwanda, does not really seek to explore the political background of the Rwandan Genocide, it was more a look at the people caught up in it for no fault of theirs.
It also castigates the Western attitude and the failure of the UN, as shown in the scene, where the bus takes away the Western tourists and expats, leaving behind the natives stranded helplessly.
Excellent performance by Don Cheadle, as Paul Russesbegina, who throws his everything into the character, and backed up well by Joaquin Phoenix, Nick Nolte among others.
June 16, 2014
Essentially the Rwandan-genocide equivalent of Schindler's List, Hotel Rwanda is a hard-hitting, heartfelt and powerfully acted film. The cinematography was colorful, and the subject-matter was expertly handled so that viewers could genuinely feel the onscreen characters suffering. The only gripe I can really scrape out is Nick Nolte's seemingly dry character and occasionally incomprehensible dialogue. Other than that, Hotel Rwanda is an important film that serves as an eye-opener towards the depressing truth of horror's that are ignored around the world.
June 7, 2014
A tragic and relentless film that depicts such a dark point in history where none of us lifted a finger in order to end it.