Friday, January 20, 2006

Hotel Rwanda

The DVD finally arrived yesterday from Netflix. Sat down and watched it immediately.


Anyone else have a hard time NOT comparing the movie to Schindler's List? Mass killings, unintentional heroes save thousands, etc. Scary thing is that both are based on true stories.

My only hesitation in recommending the movie is that I realize that whenever Hollywood takes a movie 'based' on a real story, there's always exaggerations, especially in character development. I want to understand the real nuances of the title characters. No one is all good. Everyone has their demons. I think that showing more of those demons, makes it more relatable to see yourself in the situation portrayed. Would you have done the same thing?

I'd like to think I would but the reality is likely farther from the truth. We need to be concious of the little things we can do every day to defend the values we hold dear. Then, maybe, it won't come to the point where we have to take such drastic action later on.


Blogger Asha said...

The tragedy is that in the case of Rwanda I bet the reality is worse. The western world really dropped the ball on reporting this one.

1/20/2006 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Jinqi said...

I was ready to deploy to rawanda when we were called back. There is no money in that part of the world for us to chase so why would we care to do it? Not my oppinion, its the oppinion of those who make the decision to pull us out.

And the movie was OK. your point about seeing the title character's dark side is pointless, though. The reason he is the protagonist is that he is supposed to be above the actions of normal people. No one really wants to see the daily life of a loser. Hell, I'm living it and I can tell you that it ain't worth making a movie out of.

1/25/2006 10:46 AM  

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