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HOTEL RWANDA The downside is that Hotel Rwanda feels uncomfortably fictional, from the symbolic thunderstorms that precede the violence to the neatly climactic and sickening ending. However, the film carries both an emotional and a political punch. The emotion comes from Don Cheadle's thrilling portrait of ordinary heroism. During the course of one hundred days in 1994, at least 800,000 people were butchered in Rwanda. The Western world did nothing; they did not even stop to watch. The fact that Belgian occupants established the entire social separation of the Rwandan people that helped incite the massacre in the first place simply adds to an already incredibly shameful situation. While the outside world debates the difference between "genocide" and "acts of genocide," people are dying for no reason. When Hotel Rwanda focuses on these cold truths in addition to its harrowing account of the genocide, it achieves a dangerous level of power that has the ability to simultaneously anger and shock. It is in times of such excruciating strife that the true nature of a man reveals itself, and although the radical forces within the country and the indifferent leaders outside its borders point to a darker side, light emerges in acts of selflessness. ...read more.


Soon, Hutu military personnel find the refugees in Paul's house, and after some intense bargaining, he manages to bring them all to the hotel, where they can stay until United Nations peacekeepers in the area under the command of Col. Oliver (Nick Nolte) can arrange their safe passage. After very little setup (enough to observe the tension and establish its central character), the film throws us almost instantly into the turmoil. We witness Hutu forces beat and arrest of one of the Rusesabaginas' neighbours, and as Paul travels throughout the city, radio propaganda blasts out messages of hate toward the Tutsis. At a certain point, one begins to wonder how all of this hatred arose; we don't understand what's happening. Later, the press arrives, and a photographer named Jack (Joaquin Phoenix) doesn't understand it either. A man at the bar in the hotel explains it to him. When the Belgians where occupying Rwanda, they immediately divided the population by certain physical features. Those who were taller, had paler skin, and thinner noses ("whiter" in their eyes) ...read more.


This leads to a staggering moment when the frustration of wrongly tying a tie turns into Paul's emotional breakdown and is one of many moments that solidify Don Cheadle's moving portrayal. Equally affecting is a scene atop the roof of the hotel, as Paul reveals a surprise dinner for his wife. Against the background noise of gunfire, Paul begs that, if it comes down to it, she bring her children up to the roof and jump. He perceives suicide as a better death than one under the blade of a machete. It's an upsetting scene, but later its impact is lessened in its use as the setup to a sequence of suspense where Paul and we wonder if she's kept her promise. A good deal of the final act falters to similar circumstances, most notably during a scene in which a UN transport conveys carrying refugees is attacked. Paul's helplessness as he listens to a radio announcer urging people to stop the trucks is effective, but the scene itself feels too much like an unnecessary attempt to draw out tension. The climax suffers similarly under a situation akin to the earlier sequence. ?? ?? ?? ?? ENGLISH COURSEWORK BY RAYMOND EKAJEH ...read more.

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