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Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Drama | 121 minutes
3,89 3.667 votes

Genre: Drama / War

Duration: 121 minuten

Country: United States / United Kingdom / Italy / South Africa

Directed by: Terry George

Stars: Don Cheadle, Nick Nolte and Sophie Okonedo

IMDb score: 8,1 (371.563)

Releasedate: 4 March 2004

Hotel Rwanda plot

"When the world closed its eyes, he opened his arms."

In 1994, some of the most horrific atrocities in human history took place in Rwanda. And in the age of 24-hour news coverage, these atrocities have gone almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In just three months, nearly 1 million people have been murdered. Aware of these horrific actions and inspired by his love for his family, an ordinary man mustered extraordinary courage to save the lives of more than a thousand helpless refugees by granting them shelter in the hotel he ran. Hotel Rwanda is his story.

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avatar van Richard_Voorhees


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A strong Hollywood drama about the horrific events at the time of the war in Rwanda between the Hutus and the Tutsis. What I especially liked was how they pointed out in the film that propaganda also played a part in this whole conflict. There are several scenes in which a local radio station can be heard that disadvantages the Tutsis to say the least.
Furthermore, Don Cheadle knows how to put down a strong character as the man who is put in an almost impossible situation. Despite the romanticization of the story, here and there the horrors of this era still come across well. Especially the scene where one finds out that they didn't slip off the road, but that they drove over corpses, which still came pretty raw.
A decent film about these events.

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avatar van rep_robert


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Hotel Rwanda convinces mainly through its catchy and shocking theme. Assisted by a strong playing Don Cheadle, you get a good idea of how shocking and horrific the situation in Rwanda in 1994 was. The film focuses mainly on the dilemmas Cheadle faces and how to keep him and the many people he rescued from the hands of the maddened Hutus. It's very intimate in there.

The film is less successful in placing this film in the context of the larger story. The Rwandan genocide is not known to the vast majority, or at least not the details of it. Much has to be taken for granted as if you already know the background of the whole story. Unfortunately, it is not WWII that is known to everyone and perhaps that is also a problem in which the film loses in advance to genre contemporaries such as Schindler's List. Not that the makers can do anything about this, because that would probably not do the film any good if all this was made clarified during the film. . But perhaps an explanation about the Tutsis and the Hutus beforehand could have given the film some more context.


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avatar van tommykonijn


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In fact, Hotel Rwanda alone is an interesting film because it still feels like a piece of hidden history. Call it a lack of knowledge, but I actually knew very little about the genocide in Rwanda. In any case, what the film does well is paint a picture of the horrors that took place during the conflict. At least, up to a point. After all, the same probably applies here as you sometimes hear about films like Schindler's List: it doesn't even come close to the actual seriousness. But at least it makes an impression and makes you think.

It took me a while to get into it, but the film managed to hold my attention effortlessly. I always like to see Don Cheadle at work and here too he plays the leading role with great conviction. I also thought that Sophie Okonedo made a great contribution. Supporting roles by Nick Nolte and Joaquin Phoenix are well portrayed, but their share is understandably small. The ending, the last-minute reunion with the kids, seems a bit romanticized, but in the end it doesn't detract much. At the moments that have to make an impression, it almost feels like you are there and you forget that you are watching a movie. With that, director Terry George has actually already achieved one of his most important goals.


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