Swimming in shallow waters to make a hard topic digestible (how ever uninspired this move is) indeed does work in a rhythm of non-stop drama, and a main protagonist too busy to unveil himself properly. However, there was no need for it to have any political pretensions what-so-ever, especially this trivial, going as deep as a high-school textbook and forcing some utterly useless roles.
A vital piece of cinema that bridges the gap between desensitised Westerners and the true plight facing many in Rwanda. While it may not convey the actual severity of the genocide, this is deeply important cinema, and Cheadle does not disappoint in his role as Rusesabagina. Tragic and harrowing.
"Hotel Rwanda" is a cookie cutter retelling of an unspeakable tragedy that teeters on the brink of being downright irresponsible. The only thing that redeems it at all are the performances of Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo. I'm sorry, but genocide is not "PG-13" subject matter. I think I feel the same way about this movie as a lot of people feel about "Schindler's List."