Hotel Rwanda(2004):"An Acting Treasure picture about the real life story of a man who accomplished the extraordinary."
I have just seen this film and have to say I am deeply moved by it.
The film is about one mans struggle to do the right thing at when everything around him is going wrong.
Based on true events from the civil war in Rwanda, this film profiles Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), the manager of a luxury hotel who opened his establishment to Tutsi refugees despite the danger to himself and his family.
The film, based on a true story.
Beautifully acted, and portrayed.
A conflict between the ruling Hutu tribe and Tutsi rebels turned into civil war, and 1 million Rwandans, many of them women and children, were murdered in the space of 100 days. Almost as incomprehensible as the killings, the film points out, was the lack of world intervention.
But the focus here is an ordinary man, a hardworking hotel employee named Paul(Don Cheadle),an apolitical man who summoned the courage to shelter more than 1,000 people.
He opens the doors of the hotel to the poor and the orphaned.
Calling upon power brokers for whom he had done favors, he is able to feed and shelter 1,268 refugees, saving them from massacre.
“When the world closed its eyes, he opened his arms.”
Terry George's "Hotel Rwanda" places a humanistic face on the Rwandan atrocities and is centered on a supremely effective and career best performance from Don Cheadle.
Instead of portraying a superman, Cheadle plays a real man coming to terms with his situation and doing everything within his power to do good in the face of madness.
Because of the real-life selfless efforts of Paul and because of the extraordinary resonance of the story, Hotel Rwanda emerges as an African version of Schindler's List.
It was a very moving and powerful movie.
It is one of the best drama films of 2004 and one that is truly unforgettable