Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Watched 20130831 (Netflix, Instant, HD) (Streaming until 20130901)
Hotel Rwanda (2004) Terry George. 121 min

Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle)

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The Hutu round up and plan to kill a group of Tutsis. Among them is Paul's wife Tatiana (Sophie Okonedo)

I've seen parts of this movie two or three times before, but I've never seen the movie in full. While the parts I had seen were emotionally touching, I neither understood who the protagonist was protecting, nor why he needed to protect them. After seeing the entire movie, I learned that the hotel manager (Don Cheadle) was providing refuge to the Tutsis and protecting them from the Hutu extremists.

Jack Daglish (Joaquin Phoenix)

The movie had a good flow to it. It also did a great job of capturing various emotions and creating tense moments. In addition, I enjoyed the movie's soundtrack.

In conclusion, if you enjoy dramas like Schindler's List (1993), I would highly recommend you watch Hotel Rwanda.

Paul encounters a gut-wrenching sight.
The movie Life is Beautiful (1997) had a similar scene.


Instant Comments:
"They could be twins." Simple, but powerful words, as far as an outsider's words can be.
I think Google learned based on my recent searches, because I typed "I think if people" and it finished with the quote I was looking for: "I think if people see this footage, they'll say 'Oh, my God, that's horrible.' And then they'll go on eating their dinners."

At 55 minutes, they play the track with the children singing, which is soothing in contrast with the sad imagery.
Ni dyar'izuba, Rizagaruka, Hejuru yacu,
Ni nduzaricyeza ricyeza.
[When will the sun return above us?]
[Who will reveal it once again to us?]

Colonel Oliver (Nick Nolte) speaking with General Augustin Bizimungu (Fana Mokoena)

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