YMMV / Hotel Rwanda

  • Complete Monster: Georges Rutaganda is at first a man of the Hutu tribe pushing for extreme measures against the Tutsi tribe, openly calling for extreme measures and even genocide. When the genocide against the Tutsi kicks off, Rutaganda does more than just talk. Allying himself with the Hutu forces, Rutaganda participates in the genocide and is seen running a prison camp where the Tutsi innocents will be exterminated, even keeping several women as sex slaves. Rutaganda also offers to give Paul Rusesabagina some Tutsis as sex slaves, if Rusesabagina allows him to slaughter all the Tutsis at the hotel. When Rusesabagina refuses, Rutaganda advises to take the River Road back to the hotel, saying it's clear. When Rusesabagina drives over the road, he finds it is littered with the bodies of dead Tutsis. When told he cannot possibly exterminate the Tutsi people, Rutaganda merely asks why not, stating "we are halfway there already."
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Paul and Tatiana finding their two young nieces in the refugee camp at the end.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The entire score, but the piece played as the foreigners are evacuated from the hotel, the orphan children arrive and are separated from the nuns and priests who have been caring for them, and the despondent foreigners look back on the Rwandans who must stay behind to await an unknown fate, is utterly haunting.
  • Homegrown Hero: Two of the most prominent characters are a Canadian UN officer and an American reporter, both of whom are at least semi-fictional.
  • Iron Woobie: Paul himself and his whole family. Especially the son.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Go on, guess.
    • A personal one for Gregois comes when he informs the militia of the truckload of Tutsi refugees attempting to flee. Made even worse by the fact that he was not even a fanatic, and had been keeping quiet so he could blackmail Paul.
    • Rutaganda started crossing it even before the genocide started by pushing the Hutu militia to kill all Tutsi people. When we see his prison camp and what he did to his Tutsi prisoners we know he's too far gone by now. It's also implied he committed several murders himself.
  • Narm: The ending plays up the clichés for a last second rescue.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The fact that this is a movie about a genocide that actually happened speaks for itself, but special mention goes to the scene where Paul finds that the bumpy road he was driving on was actually bumpy because it was covered in corpses.
    • The pure, virulent hate being spewed by the Hutu Power radio station throughout the movie. A horrifying example of Truth in Television.
    George Rutaganda: "Cut the tall trees. Cut the tall trees now!"
    • The fact that the UN does nothing to stop it... and that it's Truth in Television.
    • The fact that the violence you see throughout the film is actually downplayed according to the real Paul Rusesabagina speaks volumes of what the real thing was.
    • The movie's opening is happy and optimistic. Then when Paul goes to Rutaganda's warehouse one of the worksmen accidentaly drops a box who reveals hundred of machetes inside. The music in the background suddenly turns sinister and Paul and his driver look worried and scared. On the contrary Rutaganda proudly tells Pul that he bought the machetes from China for a good price. Now considering how the machetes will be used next...
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The genocide depicted in the film speaks for itself.