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The war that fell on deaf ears when pleas of help were beckoned
"Hotel Rwanda" is the most inspirational film, about hope within a troubled society, that I've seen since "City of God." The film is based off a true story, involving the 1994 Rwandan tribal conflict between the Tutsis and the Hutus, about a hotel manager, Paul (Don Cheadle), struggle to servive as he uses his hotel as a shelter for Tutsi refugees. Like "City of God," this film illustrates a sense of hope within a society that would make anyone feel that there is no reason to survive. The dark direction and story are the best feautures because it shows the world's ignorance to the Rwandan crisis, and the dark prejudice of African society. Don Cheadle and Sophie Okenedo are simply brilliant in the movie by dishing out Oscar-esque performances. Overall, "Hotel Rwanda" is one of the most powerful films I've ever seen.
Don Cheadle's performance was top-notch in this film. Don portrays his character as a man whoms only concern is to protect his family, but he is thrown into a frustrating situation when he starts taking Tutsi refugees as he only has his wits to keep them alive. In one scene, the viewer will see Don start crying, while putting on his tie, after witnessing several dead Tutsis on the road. This scene allows us to see how frustrated his character is during this conflict, thus gaining sympathy for his character. If it weren't for Jamie Foxx's performance in "Ray," then I would definitely say that he should've won the Oscar.
That's not to say that Sophie Okenedo was anything less than spectacular. Okenedo does a great job playing a mother/wife in the film, and she helped add even further emotional ties to Paul (Don Cheadle) with their great chemistry.
However, without the direction of Terry George, this film never would've been as powerful. In the beggining, George portrays a light tone when the Tutsis and Hutus were still at peace, but he gradually shifts it to a dark tone as the movie goes on. Terry does this so beautifully and naturally that the audience can't help but be caught up in the emotions. One moment, the movie will have viewers horrified by the genocide, yet happy when they see the ending.
However, the storyline is perhaps the best part of the film. Illustrating things like racism, genocide, ignorance, betrayal, bribery, and manipulation. If there was one thing in particular I liked about it, is that it showed how harsh things can be in a third world society, and how all other nations (i.e. U.S.A., Britain, Belgium, and France) tend to only help those that are economically powerful. In the tragedy of 9/11 at least we had allies to help us, but in the Rwandan tragedy, no one seemed to care. It's sad to think that we live a world that favors the economically powerful, and condemns everyone else. After watching this film, it makes viewers realize the devastating astrocities. I just hope someday we can reach a point in society to where we can prevent such tragedies.
"Hotel Rwanda" is the most inspirational film of last year. With great storyline, acting performances, and direction, this film is nothing short of amazing. One of the most powerful yet intriquing films of last year.