Based on the Rwandan genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. The film profiles Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager that housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees despite the danger to himself and his family.
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It's a well made film but ultimately Hollywood whitewash and phony uplift. What really happened in Rwanda was far darker, complex, horrific, and tragic than what this film even slightly hints at. Cheadle was awesome tho
"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."
74/100 (Duygusal ve anlamı olan bir film. Bazı yerlerde güçlü Emperyal devletlere bakış açısındaki sertlik de hoştu. Ancak çok kez yazıldığı gibi başrolün kahramanlaştırılışının sahte olduğu düşüncesine ben de katılıyorum, böylesi karmaşık olayların olmadığına da eminim, işleniş de klişe Hollywood filmi hatta Schindler's List filminin aynısı ama etkilendik mi yani evet.)
A subject matter about darkness from the dusk of 20th century is presented as a emotional and honest experience through Don Cheadle's hypnotic performance. So, it's a shame when the topics such as genocide must end on a note that tears apart the strength that is kept behind such a word in order to make a viewer feel hopeful, even when the entire lesson of this history's chapter is based on foundation of disillusions.
A movie that's relevant and eye-opening to the horrors parts of Africa still face to this day and are turned a blind eye to. Tear-jerking performance by Don Cheadle; probably the best of his career. Accompanied by a great soundtrack and cinematography.
It's basically Schindler's List except in the Rwandan genocide, but besides that cynical aside, it's a very effective movie. It does a good job (unlike The Killing Fields and other movies of this like) showing a larger conflict and how it affects the main character. Part of the reason for this is because Don Cheadle is fantastic.
Cheap, shallow, bland, inept, superficial, generic, uninspired, feeble, and not good, but it's about the very real and very terrible Rwandan genocide so it can't help but stumble upon a tiny bit of genuine drama and pathos here and there, even as poorly made as it is. That saves it from 1-star territory. Barely. It gets a D+.