Friday, March 11, 2005

Movie Review: Hotel Rwanda (4.4/5.0)

I saw the movie Hotel Rwanda last night and it turned out to be mostly what I expected it to be (Blood, Violence, Gore, and Genocide!). Since its based on a true story, the filmmakers took into account all the realities of a genocide situation. I expected too much of blood and on screen killings but it didn't have the usual amount of live scenes of actual killings. Maybe that's why the movie had a PG-13 rating. Don Cheadle's acting seemed very authentic. Lets just say I didn't notice a shift in his Rwandan accent through out the whole movie and I usually do notice these things.

I would say this was a very good movie if I hadn't already seen to many documentaries on real genocides and God they're all equally horrifying! If you want to know how a genocide goes down then I would suggest that you watch a documentary. The most realistic documentary I ever saw related to a genocide was "Cry Freetown" by Sorious Samura. It has a lot of up close footages of all the worst acts that a human being can fathom and commit on another fellow human being.

I must say I was a bit surprised to see people blame the west for not doing anything to help in the movie, probably because its also based upon Paul Rusesabagina's accounts so I guess the filmmakers had to show it.

Spoiler Alert! I was sick to my stomach on the part where the UN peacekeeping troops only came to get the foreign nationals (whites) out of the country and leave all the Rwandan's (blacks) to be slaughtered at the hands of the Hutu militias. They didn't even take one child with them, those white sons of bitches!

There was only one actor or actress in this case that I just could not bare to see in the movie and that was Sophie Okonedo. Man she is Butt-ugly and she was the one with the least acting skills. If you ask me any other black actress would have been acceptable for this movie instead of Sophie.

Over all I would give this movie a 4.4/5.0 rating.


  1. you had to write one on the movie too, didn't you? If I had known you and avari/nameh were going to write a review i would have skipped it. now i look silly.

  2. Well I wrote the review even before it became cool.