Year of Release: 2004
Director: Terry George
Approx. Running Time: 121 minutes
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL FILMS I'VE EVER SEEN."
-RICHARD ROEPER, "EBERT & ROEPER AND THE MOVIES"
Don Cheadle gives "the performance of a lifetime" (Los Angeles Times) in this "remarkable" (Newsweek) and "profoundly affecting" (Houston Chronicle) true story of one man's brave stance against savagery during the 1994 Rwandan conflict. Co-starring Sophie Okonedo and Nick Nolte, Hotel Rwanda is "the kind of film that can change the world" (Joel Siegel, "Good Morning America").
As his country descends into madness, five-star-hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina (Cheadle) sets out to save his family. But when he sees that the world will not intervene in the massacre of minority Tutsis, he finds the courage to open his hotel to over 1,200 refugees. Now, with a rabid militia at the gates, he has only his wits and words to keep them alive another hour...another day...
I was actually quite shocked to learn that this film, a movie about genocide, received only a PG-13 rating. Although this is an important story to tell and it is a very inspiring film, it also contains a great deal of very disturbing imagery - one scene in particular shows roads so littered with dead bodies that vehicles are forced to drive over them - and it seems like people should have had a better warning.
Still, this is a movie that really should be seen at least once but it's not one that I can stomach for multiple viewings, hence the three star rating instead of something higher.
Rated PG-13 (MPAA)