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3.9 out of 5 stars
Hotel Rwanda
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on February 23, 2015
amazing tale of what really happened in Rwanda; the powerlessness of the UN troops and, more importantly, the total lack of assistance from foreign powers given to acountry in the midst of genocide
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on June 30, 2015
great movie its just so sad what people has to go through
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on June 9, 2017
When we received the DVD it was cracked and we could not play it.
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on November 13, 2013
This is an amazing (true) story that everyone needs to see. We cannot turn a blind eye to atrocities anymore...
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on November 6, 2014
Film was in good condition and worked wonderfully.
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on January 16, 2012
Ordered a DVD (Hotel Rwanda)which came very quickly and was in excellent condition as stated. Impressed with service and delivery and condition of product.
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on August 1, 2012
This strayed so far from the truth it rapidly became annoying to watch. Would like to offer no stars, if I could.
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on January 30, 2009
Any review online will tell you how good a story this is and how good the movie of it is so I really don't need to get into the obvious about all that. The movie's great--watch it period.

Few quick thoughts: Who else but Don Cheadle could have done this lead role and pulled it off with such subtlety and nuance?
Also, the movie really doesn't pull punches yet it also doesn't dissolve into showing blood and gore to make its point. For example (and without giving too much away), seeing dead bodies on front lawns carries far more weight than shooting some action scene of attacks on Tutsis. It also is ultimately a movie of hope and shows how even in the worst circumstances, diplomacy in a small way can work. Sadly, not enough people succeeded to prevent the Rwandan genocide.

As far as the DVD goes you get two excellent extra shorts--the making of the movie and the return of the actual person Don Cheadle played (Paul Rusesabinga) to the actual hotel in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, its environs and some genocide memorials in other parts of that nation. Both extras work well as good adjuncts to the package and lead to plenty of head shaking as to why the West ignored the genocide of 1994. They also show you how cool a cucumber Rusesabinga is under the most trying of situations. People talk about heroes and this guy is the genuine article.

There is also two commentary tracks. One for the entire movie featuring the director and Rusesabinga and the other of selected scenes where Cheadle gives his commentary.
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on May 22, 2005
What can an ordinary Rwandan hotel manager possibly do?
Plenty, as it turns out. Paul is a Hutu, but his wife, Tatiana (Sophie Okonedo), is a Tutsi, and so, by default, are their children. He is driven by a primal need to save his own family, but as the slaughter continues, more and more friends and neighbors beg him for help.
By the end, Paul shelters 1,200 people in his hotel, saving them from certain death by doing what he always has done: bribing and cajoling the Hutu powers, calling in favors, lying and outsmarting his foes.
He is the Oskar Schindler of Rwanda, a man who becomes a hero by chance and circumstance, using qualities not generally considered heroic. He's no Rambo: He's scared, and conflicted, and full of doubts. Throughout the film, you can see he'd rather just save his family and not have to shoulder this burden of heroism.
Director Terry George (SOME MOTHER'S SON) knows not to get in the way of this harrowing story, which Rusesabagina himself insisted on telling straight, without movie-ish embellishment. It's all true and, given the context, remarkably subtle. (George earned the PG-13 rating by only suggesting the terrible violence, not showing it.)
Still, as the tension builds you can't help but feel you're watching the heir to a classic Western -- perhaps the "High Noon" of modern times, or SHANE -- as this one man steps up to save the town from the marauding bad guys. Of course, he doesn't save the entire town. As with SCHINDLER'S LIST, you're left with the grim knowledge that the people Rusesabagina saved were but a tiny percentage of those who were killed. The triumph comes tempered by the greater tragedy.
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on September 22, 2010
If you just want to watch a powerful film, "Hotel Rwanda" is certainly a must. If you think you know anything about the genocide after watching this film, you've been grossly misled. This film put no effort into actual research on the genocide or any of the other people involved besides Paul Rusesabagina, though without any of the controversy that surrounds the story of the Hotel des Milles Collines. The film made no effort to research UNAMIR and the brave soldiers who stood outside the Hotel and risked their lives to protect it. It makes no attempt to explore the genocide as a whole in what was occurring outside the Hotel. It created a completely fictional, and inaccurate version of Romeo Dallaire, head of UNAMIR, and altered events to service a Hollywood film.

"Hotel Rwanda" is a sham and insult as a representation of events in Rwanda during the genocide, and is certainly no substitute for real research into the events in order to have a real understanding about what happened. If you don't plan to read any books on the subject, if you're only going to watch one film about it, watch "Shake Hands With the Devil" (though reading the book would be even better).

This is not to downplay Paul Rusesabagina, controversy or not, but this film was about padding and altering facts in order to make a hero, Hollywood style, with no attempt to look to actual events during those 100 horrible days.
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