Movie Review: Hotel Mumbai

April 18th, 2019

Details from IMDB:

Hotel Mumbai (2018)

| | DramaHistoryThriller | 29 March 2019 (USA)
The true story of the Taj Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and their families.


 Anthony Maras

Initial Thoughts:

I had read a review of this movie, which said it was good and my wife wanted to go, so last week we went. I do, also, often enjoy movies based on real events and this was an event that I really didn't know all the details.

Main Points:

The movie does a good job drawing you in right away. From the moment you see what has to be the terrorists, the tension starts to mount. It just keeps building until they begin to gun down innocent people at their multiple targets.

The acting is good throughout the film and while it's tragic to think about the real people who died during this attack, you still can't help enjoying at least some of the action. I was glad that the film never gets too gory, for many of the close-up gunshots the camera simply turns away.

We always see both sides of the conflict. The terrorists are young men who have been brainwashed or are simply so desperate to get money to help their families that they are willing to kill and die to do so. They show how their are moments when they hesitate and even one small moment of mercy towards the end. Also made clear is how unprepared the police in Mumbai were for this kind of attack, I can only hope that things have changed there now. Religion, racism, fear, and bigotry also all have moments/parts to play during this story. The movie certainly does a good job showing how we easily judge and often let our fears override our good judgment and manners.

The film is ultimately about how ordinary people can become heroes in the most intense situations. I'd think to think I would help people/be brave if I ever had to but I think it's the kind of thing you would never know unless it actually happened.

Final Thoughts:

Please don't let your children see this movie. A lot of violence, blood, and coarse language certainly means ages 18+. This is an important film to see, it shows both the best and the worst of humanity and was certainly well done. I give it a solid 8 out 10 and would recommend to anyone who does mind a lot of violence but never an unnecessary amount of gore.