Sunday, January 14, 2007

Review: Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda is the true story of one man running a hotel in Rwanda during the genocide that took place in 1994. Paul Rusesabagina, played masterfully by Don Cheadle, takes in refugees and offers them protection with the almost non-existent assistance of the UN.

The role of UN Colonel Oliver was well played by Nick Nolte, a surprise since the last thing I saw him in was The Hulk which was not good. The acting in the movie was powerful. The locations shifted from beautiful, at the hotel and the overall scenery of the country, to tragic, the refugee camps and war torn towns outside the European created oasis.

This movie was released 3 months after Colin Powell called the conflict in Darfur a genocide. A peace agreement was signed in May of 2006 between the Sudanese Gov and the largest of the rebel groups. Unfortunately the four largest rebel groups that did not sign have now re-organized themselves as one central opposition group.

This was a great movie, and very very hard to watch. It is probably the best movie I have seen that I do not want to see again.
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