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  • Nov 12, 2008
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In 1994 one of the most brutal acts of civil war occurred in Rwanda, Africa. It was genocide on the most horrific scale of our lifetimes, rivaled only by Hitler's regime in the 1930's. Hotel Rwanda is the true story of one man, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, who managed to harbor 1,268 refugees inside the upscale hotel he managed until he could find a way to bring them all to safety behind the Tutsi rebel lines.

Though a peace treaty between the Hutu's and the Tutsi's was signed by the Rwandan President, only hours later the president was assassinated and the militia were given the signal to begin killing the "Tutsi cockroaches" that had once enslaved the Hutu's.

Hotel Rwanda is a 10 star movie, it left me breathless with its beautiful portrayal of bravery and courage, and crying from the brutality of a genocidal regime. Not since Shindler's List have I seen a movie with this much power and courage, enough to make even this cold-hearted reviewer break down and cry like a baby. When one single, everyday person shows this much valor and heroism in the face of utter hopelessness, it makes me believe in the human race again.

Although there is not much overt blood in this movie, there are scenes of violence so horrific that you will cringe in your chair and set aside your cup of hot chocolate. Hotel Rwanda is a tale of faith, hope, love, bravery, courage, violence, callousness, atrocities, and the shame of humanity. Only UN General Romeo Dallaire (renamed Coronal Oliver for the movie, and expertly played by Nick Nolte) stayed behind when all other industrialized nations fled the country and left over one million people to be butchered in the genocide.

The cast in Hotel Rwanda was incredible, with stellar performances by Don Cheadle playing Paul Rusesabagina, Sophie Okonedo playing Tatiana Rusesabagina, Desmond Dube playing Dube, Fana Mokoena playing General Bizimungu, and Joaquin Phoenix playing reporter Jack Daglish.

If there is one movie that everyone should see, it is this one. There are simply not enough good things to say about this movie and how incredibly moving it is, you will just have to sit down and watch it for yourself. I wound out buying it the same day I rented it, and have watched it over and over, my mouth still dropping open in amazement at how people can be both cruel and kind. Buy this one.

Also, I strongly recommend picking up a copy of 'Shake Hands With The Devil', the real account of Rwanda written by Romeo Dallaire, the UN General that stayed behind during the war.

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May 06, 2009
I completely agree with your review. The biggest atrocity is that Africa is still not free from oppressive, revolutionary regimes. The LRA still kidnaps children in the middle of the night and forces them through drugs and fear to become soldiers. Their first test is usually to kill a family member. It used to be restricted to Uganda and now, it's throughout Northern and Central Africa, with a lot of attention in the Congo. You should check out for more info...but, it will either make you mad or cry. Great review! Thanks!
March 31, 2009
Great review and you are right the genocide in Rwanda was heartbreaking to say the least-especially since before the conflict Tutsi and Hutu's lived side by side in harmony!!! You should also read left to tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza- she spent 90 days in a bathroom with 8 other women- sheltered by a priest until UN Forces came to the country- and lost her entire immediate family with the exception of one brother. A powerful book of forgiveness and faith! Great Review!
March 31, 2009
Nice review, I agree that everyone should see this movie. thanks for suggesting 'Shake Hands With The Devil', I will be sure to read this. Did you enjoy this book more than the movie?
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Starring Don Cheadle, Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Desmond Dube
Directed by Terry George
Writers:  Kier Pearson, Terry George

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Once you find out what happened in Rwanda, you'll never forget. OscarÂ(r) nominee* Don Cheadle (Traffic) gives "the performance of his career in this extraordinarily powerful" (The Hollywood Reporter) and moving true story of one man's brave stance against savagery during the 1994 Rwandan conflict. Sophie Okonedo (Dirty Pretty Things) co-stars as the loving wife who challenges a good man to become a great man. As his country descends into madness, five-star-hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina (Cheadle) sets out to save his family. But when he sees that theworld will not intervene in the massacre of minority Tutsis, he finds the courage to open his hotelto more than 1,200 refugees. Now, with a rabid militia at the gates, he must use his well-honed grace, flattery and cunning to protect his guests from certain death. *2004: Actor, Hotel Rwanda
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Genre: Drama, History, War
Release Date: December 22, 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 121 minutes
Studio: United Artists, Lionsgate Films, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
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