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Movie Review: Hotel Rwanda

Rating: It's a rental

This movie should be a required history lesson. The events portrayed took place in 1994 but already I think it is fading from public memory. I watched this movie with a friend while my wife was out of town since I was pretty sure she wouldn't like it.

Rating: It's a rental

This movie should be a required history lesson. The events portrayed took place in 1994 but already I think it is fading from public memory. I watched this movie with a friend while my wife was out of town since I was pretty sure she wouldn't like it.

Don Cheadle stars as a hotel manager (Paul Rusesabaginain a 4 star hotel in Rwanda. As the movie opens you can sense that there is growing tension between the Hutu people and the Tutsi people. At one point the movie tells us that the distinctions between these two groups were created by Belgians by categorizing people by the width of their nose or how tall they were. (It reminded me of the Dr. Seuss - Star Bellied Sneeches).

So we don't have much more historical information than that and the fact that the president is Hutu and the Hutu's are in power. The president is killed when his airplane is shot down and rioting and mass slaughter begins.

Don Cheadle's character is a pillar of strength through all of this. Taking in refugees at the hotel, trying to get the U.N. and foreign governments to intervene. But in the end the world turns their collective back on Rwanda and an estimated 1,000,000 are killed.

I saw a comment that compared this movie to Shindler's list. there is definitely that feeling to it. It is the kind of movie we should watch to remind us of past tragedies but it is not easy to watch. So a very good movie but not one I want to keep in my collection.

If you do watch it you might want to have a comedy or animated short film handy as kind of an after dinner mint to soften some of the brutal images you have just seen.