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[Film] Hotel Rwanda

I love this movie. Based on a true story, the movie succeeds in evoking all the right emotions in the viewer while accurately portraying one of the most horrific events in recent human history. To put it simply, Hotel Rwanda is the kind of movie that conveys its message effectively while at the same time providing the audience with an entertaining movie-going experience. The filmmaker's choice to put the focus on the family of Paul Rusesabagina and the human stories in the face of the atrocities makes it easy for the audience to relate to the story and the characters. The film becomes personal and emotionally involving as the audience go through the same fears, anxieties, hopes and sorrows the characters go through in the movie. The acting certainly helps. The performance of Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo who play the Rusesabaginas (try pronounce that) especially deserve props; they are very convincing as a loving couple trying to hold their family together among the chaos around them. To its credit, the movie never once falls into the trap of corny sentimentalism. There is even a touch of humour in the midst of danger and grief. The cynicism of a world that has failed to respond to the disaster has met its counterpart in the heart of Rwanda the unfaltering and hopeful human spirit. It shows humanity at its worst and its best. The movie has it all. It is educational, moving, intense, entertaining and eventually uplifting. It is cinéma at its best.

Added by Hibiscus
11 years ago on 8 January 2008 07:26