Friday, February 18, 2005

Downfall is not exceptional

5 second plot: This is the story of the final days of Hitler and his close followers.

5 second review: I don't really understand why anyone would find this movie exceptionally good. It's not bad, and the horrific story about the war is one that can't be told too often, but not taking the intentional emotional shocks (the killing of the children...) into account, I wasn't overwhelmed by it. Maybe it's because I knew that part of our history already very well.

IMDb score: 8,3/10
Our score: 6/10

Friday, February 4, 2005

Hotel Rwanda is almost too good to be true

5 second plot: This is the true story of a hotel manager who rescued over a thousand people (mostly Tutsi) by sheltering them from killing squads (mostly Hutu) in Rwanda in the 1990's.

5 second review: These people were so lucky, it's almost unimaginable. If this weren't a true story, I would hate it because I wouldn't believe it. The actors are amazing and the story is amazing, but it all feels so unreal. Not the killings of course, that can't get any more real. But the whole hotel story.

IMDb score: 8,2/10
Our score: 5/10