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."
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.
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+.
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.
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.