October 29, 2005

Hotel Rwanda

I just watched Hotel Rwanda and it is one of the best movies I've ever seen. The story is about the manager of a Belgian hotel in Rwanda, who protects 1268 Rwandans during the 1994 civil conflict. I think one of the best ways to describe this film is to say it does for the Rwanda conflict what Shindler's List did for the Jewish concentration camps of World War II.

A big difference is in the approach though. In Schinder's List, the mood is dreary, cold, and the emotions are raw. In Hotel Rwanda, there is a sharp contrast between the horror and everyday life. The third aspect of the world opinion is also brought into play, through the performances of the foreign characters. The emotion is also brought much more to the forefront, with more drama and tension. Don Cheadle does give an amazing performance as well.

Posted by josuah at October 29, 2005 11:37 PM UTC+00:00

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