Posted by: dolan | June 6, 2005

Hotel Rwanda

After running 10 miles on Saturday in an attempt to jump start our half-marathon training (actually signing up was another attempt), we were in a semi-vegetative state yesterday. Funny thing, we felt great Saturday, but that must have been the adrenaline talking. Yesterday all we wanted to do was lie on the couch and watch a movie. So after convincing ourselves that we could handle a walk down to the video store, we returned with Hotel Rwanda, about which I had heard good things.

For starters, it’s a fantastic movie. Don Cheadle, who often has bit parts (and who i’ll never forget for a certain expletive filled line in Out Of Sight), was nominated for (and arguably should have won) an Oscar for playing the lead character in the story, a man named Paul Rusesabagina who managed to shelter over a thousand refugees in the hotel he managed. This is one of those movies that is simultaneously difficult to watch but completely engaging, in some ways similar to Schindler’s List. By the climax, your heart is pounding. It is impossible not to watch it without reflecting on the western’s world’s role in humanitarian causes, and what really can and should be done in situations such as the Rwandan genocide. Whatever your take on the world may be, this movie is most definitely one to put on your list.

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