Hotel RwandaDirector: Terry George
Hotel Rwanda tackles one of the most horrifically ugly events in recent history, when the Hutu extremists of Rwanda initiated a terrifying campaign of genocide, massacring hundreds of thousands of minority Tutsis (who had been given power by the departed Belgian colonists), while the rest of the world looked on and did nothing. Don Cheadle stars as Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager at the fancy Les Milles Collines hotel in Kigali. Paul is a Hutu, and a very successful businessman who smoothly greases the wheels, making powerful connections in all strata of Rwandan life. His wife, Tatiana (Sophie Okonedo of Aeon Flux), is a Tutsi. She urges Paul to use his influence to help local Tutsis, who are being harassed and beaten with increasing frequency, but Paul will only use the political capital he's built up to help his own family, if and when they need it. Soon enough, the violence escalates, and the Hutus begin their genocide of the Tutsis. European guests and staff at the hotel are flown out of the country, and Paul is left in charge. He finds that his conscience won't allow him to watch as the innocent are slaughtered, and before long, the hotel has become a well-appointed refugee camp. Paul is seen as a traitor by some, putting his life in danger, and the predicament of his "guests" grows more precarious every day, but despite good intentions on the part of a journalist (Joaquin Phoenix) and a UN peacekeeping colonel (Nick Nolte), the rest of the world is not eager to intervene and stop the massacre. Hotel Rwanda was directed by Irish filmmaker Terry George (Some Mother's Son), who co-wrote the script with Keir Pearson.
The film works not because the screen is filled with meaningless special effects, formless action and vast digital armies, but because Cheadle, Nolte and the filmmakers are interested in how two men choose to function in an impossible situation. Because we sympathize with these men, we are moved by the film.
One of the year's best.
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Cast & Crew
|Don Cheadle||Paul Rusesabagina|
|Sophie Okonedo||Tatiana Rusesabagina|
|Nick Nolte||Colonel Oliver|
|Afro Celt Sound System||Score Composer|
|Sam Bhembe||Executive Producer|
|Johnny Breedt||Production Designer|
|Tony Burrough||Production Designer|
|Ruy Filipe||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Andrea Guerra||Score Composer|
|A. Kitman Ho||Producer|
|Martin F. Katz||Executive Producer|
|John Midgley||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Duncan Reid||Executive Producer|
|Rupert Gregson-Williams||Score Composer|
|Hal Sadoff||Executive Producer|
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Hotel Rwanda is a powerful movie about real circumstances that not only showed the worse of man but the best of man in Paul Russesagabina's compassion for his fellow countrymen. The tribal issues in Rwanda, and in Africa as a whole, are so deeply embedded that its firm grip on racial and political circumstances is beyond the scope of humane treatment. Hopefully, this movie opened up to the world that brutal and systematic destruction of cultures must not be tolerated. We need to embrace and teach respect and tolerance for all cultures, races and living things on Mother Earth. Otherwise, it is frightening to think that genocide and its incomprehensible suffering will happen again and again.
It was a good movie, however I did not feel that it did justice to the amount of violence used by the Hutu's in the genocide. I have done a lot of reading on this subject, and felt that some of the necessary factors were left out of this story. Otherwise, I feel that it was a good movie for those who have had no previous knowledge of the massacres in Rwanda. I hope that in the future we can prevent this from happening ever again....
Movies are supposed to move you, make you act. If Hotel Rwanda was made during the despicable massacre of the Tutsis during the 1990s, everyone that watches this film would feel compelled to act. Don Cheadle magnificently takes the role of a hotel manager who attempts to shelter Tutsis who otherwise would have been brutally murdered. In doing so, despite being a Hutu, he risks his life. His courage touches all viewers as he risks his and his family's life again and again to make sure that as many as possible survive. Although a depressing film, it should be seen by everyone as a reminder to help those in the world who face genocide like this. The world should not stand by like they did in the Rwandan massacre and intervene to stop crimes against humanity whenever they can.
This movie is a must buy!! It is one of the most moving movies I've ever seen in my life, and it's intensity never stops. Overall, this is a classic.
We've spent a lot of time looking at racism in the US. But this movie illustrates that people of all races will kill, rape, and rob. This movie is not for the faint of heart. A lot of violence. I wonder if we're degenerating as a world.
Paul Rusesibagina is a man who not only opened his doors to the Tutsi people, he opened his heart to them. He was a Hutu man and didn't follow the Hutu ways. Through the whole movie, Rusesibagina protects his family and friends by many ways. This movie is a must buy. I loved it and I'm sure you'll love it also. It's an inspiring movie that teaches you the bad side of people and yet it shows the amazing, heartwarming side of men.
Hotel Rwanda is an amazing movie that depicts the Rwandan Genocide of the early 1990's. The movie is inspiring and it sends a deeply powerful message of hope. I would recommend this great movie to anyone. Words cannot say how good it was.
I saw Hotel Rwanda twice within a week's time. God bless Paul Russesagabina for what he did in 1994, and God bless Don Cheadle for his wonderful portrayal of Paul. This is a riveting, powerful movie.
Hotel Rwanda is a beautiful movie that did not get enough credit for what it truly did. Paul Rusesabagina was indeed a courageous man for the hellacious ride he went through to protect his people. Don Cheadle's performance as Paul is astounding and beyond compare to any others that try to match it. This film should have been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and should have at least won one Academy Award but did not. An unfortuante circumstance indeed.
This movie was so gripping. I was looking forward to this movie, as I've followed the genocide from the beginning (I was 12) and have watched the civil wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the same earnest. It's sad to see this area of the world come up on Doctors Without Borders Top 10 Most Underreported Stories each year. Don Cheadle gives a career-defining performance. The extras are so believable in their hatred that I cry at the amount of hatred that people can have. Joaquin Phoenix was perfect for the role of the renegade journalist. And the refugee flow at the end of the movie looks just like the photos I've seen over the years. Buy this DVD - you won't regret it. I can't wait to see the extra features - something I usually don't watch on a DVD.