Nominated for 62nd Golden Globe Awards 2005

- Best Motion Picture

- Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture : Don Cheadle

- Best Original Song - Motion Picture: "Million Voices"

Genre: Drama
Director: Terry George
Starring: Don Cheadle, Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Sophie Okonedo
RunTime: 1 hr 50 mins
Released By: Shaw
Rating: PG

Release Date: 20 January 2005

Synopsis :

Ten years ago, as the country of Rwanda descended into madness, one man made a promise to protect the family he loved – and ended up finding the courage to save over 1200 people. Hotel Rwanda tells the inspiring story of real-life hero Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a hotel manager in Rwanda who used his courage and cunning to shelter over a thousand refugees from certain death.

While the rest of the world closed its eyes, Paul opened his heart and proved that one good man can make a difference.

Movie Review:

Hotel Rwanda initially came to my attention due to the fact that Don Cheadle, the ever-reliable supporting actor of films such as Traffic and Ocean 11 / 12, finally got the chance to star as the lead. After watching Hotel Rwanda, not only did Don Cheadle impress me with his performance, the story also emotionally moved and disturbed me simultaneously.

This film is based on a true story that recounts the genocide that happened in Rwanda. As the Hutus tribe mercilessly hunted and slaughtered Tutsi tribe, hotel manager’s, Paul Ruseabagina, summoned all his courage and capabilities to save his family and as many refugees as possible.

What made matters worse was when the United Nations decided to pull out the peacekeeping forces from Rwanda and without any foreign countries willing to intervene, the massacre’s casualty count had reached over a million.

This film not only serves as a testament of what atrocities we humans are able to perform upon each other in the name of inter-racial hatred but also serves as a painful reminder of how one can turn a blind eye to a poor country’s plea for help. It also bears witness to the heroics and anguishes of both Paul Ruseabagina and UN peacekeeper officer-in charge Col. Oliver from saving the refugees and the lack of support from the UN.

Don Cheadle shines as the hotel manager Paul Ruseabagina and his performance here is worthy of at least an Oscar Best Actor Nomination. As usual, he never exaggerated in his role-play and was unreservedly convincing enough to allow the viewers to live through the entire struggle he walked through from his eyes. A truly memorable performance as you watch Don Cheadle’s character displaying that certain degree of fear and confidence while being dragged in to the mayhem, a commendable man in dire situation.

Don’t miss this engrossing film that could be easily one of the best film on war crime and humanitarian issues, packed with fine acting.

Movie Rating: A

Review by our columnist Richard Lim Jr

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