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Its depiction of real-life horror will strike some as exploitative, but Hotel Mumbai remains a well-made dramatization of tragic events.
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Lurking below the movie is an unsavory irony: the killers and the filmmakers picked the hotel for the same reasons.
Maras is confident and unflinching in this portrait of the "mindless" terror, as one news report played in the film said. He is also masterful in delivering a range of emotions.
Making this kind of film inherently walks a fine line between art and exploitation, and Hotel Mumbai feels like the latter.
Hotel Mumbai is an excellent, white-knuckle thriller - and an unlikely crowd-pleaser.
What redeems "Hotel Mumbai" from morbid opportunism is that, in all but its slickest and most Hollywood moments, the thrills of Maras' heart-wrenching re-enactment are never an end unto themselves.
Whatever else it may offer to audiences - vicarious thrills, emotional catharsis - "Hotel Mumbai" clearly serves as a testament to those remarkable individuals.
Explosive coverage of a major terrorist attack in Mumbai.
Not since 2009's Balibo has an Australian film hit us with such dramatic force, emotional power or topical urgency. [It] is not just an extraordinary, brave film, it is emblematic of the type of film the Australian film industry should be making more of.
...nevertheless, there's much here to admire, from some fine performances, to the seamless interweaving of Mumbai locales and Adelaide-shot interiors, to the memorable depiction of just how brave and selfless we can be at the very worst of times.
This is not an easy film to sit through and that's partly due to the fact that it's been so well made. You'll need nerves of steel to experience the events the film depicts.
In taking a considered step back from this uncomfortably inconsistent effort, it remains difficult to fathom how this material got green-lit as a relatively large-scale Australian production.
This does what it says on the tin and does it bloody well. It's just a shame that to appreciate the solid filmmaking you have to leave your ethics at the door.
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