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Hotel Rwanda
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Directed By
Terry George

Written By:
Terry George, Keir Pearson

Don Cheadle, Joaquin Phoenix, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte, Jean Reno, Antonio David Lyons

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Hotel Rwanda (2004)
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Movie Review by Salvador
May 9th, 2005

I saw the trailer for this movie and wanted to see it due to it's subject matter and because it has Don Cheadle. He is truely one of the great actors alive today. His ability to inhabit his character and live them instead of act is utterly amazing. The film has to do with a somewhat genocide in Rwanda in 1994. It is between two tribes, the Hutu and the Tutsi. The Hutu feel that the Tutsi are evil and deem them "c*ckroaches." There is hardly a difference between the two different tribes, they are only different due to the Dutch who clarified the different tribes. This presents a problem to Paul, Don Cheadles' character. He is Hutu, but his wife and her brother and his wife (with whome they are very close) are Tutsi. Throughout the film there is this radio station that states that the Tutsi are responsible for all the bad going on and that the Hutu's must kill all the Tutsi, so they're world will be clean and good again. The people all around seem easily influenced by this and set to work as they say. It's not long before all his neighbors, mostly Tutsi, are packed into his house by his wife. he ends up saving a lot of people by simply bribing government officials and other people. There is one truth that is said by Joaquin Phoenixs' character, he's a cameraman for CNN I believe. He just captured some disturbing footage of Hutu's killing Tutsi men, women, and children and Paul sees on the video. He thanks him for getting the footage and says not the people of the world will know what's going on there and send help. Phoenix corrects him by saying, no Paul, they'll say "Oh my god, that's terrible" then go on with their dinner. That is very true, and I am one of those people, and I feel terrible about it. But this is a very strong film dealing with a man's emotions having to protect his family and others during a dangerous time. This is a definite must-see.

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