Having done a bit of research about the movie and what it would be about, I found out that I might like Hotel Mumbai. It was based on a true life incidence of the popular 200 siege in Mumbai; India. It was a 12 hours terrorist attack that left thousands of people wounded and hundreds dead.
This attack was so serious that even the police force in Mumbai couldn’t match up, leaving everyone to fate while waiting for the special agents to arrive from Deli; the state capital. There was something really nice and touchy about this story, it was the way the story was told and relived that it looked so real, you couldn’t even tell it was just a movie.
The movie brought loads of thoughts to the minds of the most people in the cinema that night, it made us scared, but also thankful for the peace we have now. The hall was packed that night with loads of people shouting and screaming all through, one would think that something was wrong in the cinema hall that night.
I liked the production and the cinematography, sincerely the producer and director put in a lot of work to relive the movie and make it so convincing. There were a few things cool about the movie like seeing the popular actor “Dev Patel” from Slim Dog millionaire, put out a perfect show and award winning Chef Hemant Oberoi “Anupam Patel” showing us exactly what it meant to serve your customers with your entire life and even if it meant giving it to up to save them.
They really got me on this one and have left me thinking for days, the importance of peace in our land and how to fight to save your loved ones. The locations chosen were good and the actions scenes looked so real, the sound track also did justice to the movie, I guess my only concerns were more of wishes than complaints, I actually wanted the movie to end better with less lives being lost, but I guess I was wrong again as this was based on a true life story, and in reality loved ones end up losing their lives.
So I liked how the first scene started with about 12 guys getting off a boat from outside the city of Deli, each with a small phone, ear piece and a big sack bag on their backs. We had no clue what they all had in their bags, till much later into the movie, we understood that those guys were not in town to joke around, they came for war. Each set of 3 to 4 guys all went in different directions to popular crowded areas to start the mission of the day. They went to malls, busy train stations, busy tourist sites, luxury restaurants and hotels, wherever you had loads of people they were stationed there to strike and attack at the same time to cause panic and unrest in the entire city. Once it was time each guy brought out his fully loaded AK47 ammunition and started spraying everyone in sight.
It was an operation of show no mercy and spare no one in the process, and if you have to die, die with pleasure and honor. That night was terrible, the site was heartbreaking, as the city was flooded with blood, dead bodies on streets and everyone still alive running for shelter from the bad guys who also threw bombs at them. Some people even ran from one attack point to the next, they spared no one in sight that day and even killed the police officers.
The most talked of attack was that of the famous ‘Hotel Taj”, it was the biggest hotel in Mumbai, they housed the wealthiest in the society, that night when they got it they went from room to room, killing all those who were lounged in the hotel and sparing no living thing in sight, their plan was to shoot all and then burn down the entire hotel, making sure that the city wailed and cried that night.
The terrorist claimed they were fighting for their “God”, causing pain and terror in the land. You would need to see the movie to see how families were separated and how loved ones lost their spouses or kids; it was a terrible night and a tragedy in India, one they will never forget.
Cast: Armie Hammer, Jason Isaacs, Nazanin Boniadi, Dev Patel, Angus McLaren, Tilda Cobham-Hervey
Director by: Anthony Maras
Written by: John Collee, Anthony Mara
Ratings: R (For disturbing violence throughout, bloody images and language)
Release Date: March 29th 2019
Studio: Bleecker Street
To my verdict I would score the movie an 8/10, it was a beautiful movie that told a story that helped us to relive the terrible siege occurrence of 2008. It allowed the viewers to get a better understanding and picture of what transpired that night.
I loved the simplicity of the movie and the fact that the city was able to gain back what they lost and rebuild their hotels and malls again; they were strong in overcoming their fear and restored peace back to their land. It’s already obvious that I would be recommending this movie. It is definitely one to enjoy and leave the hall appreciating what peace really means to you.
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