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This is a compelling drama, with some interesting characters. It is a story worth telling and movie worth seeing, because this could happen anywhere. I am surprised it hasn't happened in more places, especially in the United States.
Exhilarating but never exploitative, Hotel Mumbai does for 26/11 what United 93 did for 9/11. So of course it makes sense that it took over a year for the film to secure distribution in a country whose people it honours so graciously.
Hotel Mumbai isn't an easy film to watch or to like. But it is a brutally efficient account of some horrible events that paint a grim reality for those with their eyes and ears on the volatile instability of our current world.
It's an extremely well-produced film that achieves what it sets out to do, namely shock an audience with the horror of those events, it's just hard to call it entertainment when there's nothing to enjoy here. However it is certainly worthy of respect.
Given its real-life inspiration, there's something uncomfortable about Hotel Mumbai's devotion to showing the true horror of what happened, but it leaves you in no doubt of the heroism of those involved.
There is barely a moment in this film that isn't fraught with heart-stopping suspense, and some of the acts of heroism are emotionally shattering. Which makes the final 20 minutes even more wrenching. This isn't entertainment, it feels like history.
The film would have benefitted from more context and less savagery, but there's no denying its accomplishment as a heart-in-mouth drama that never loses its grip, nor its ability to disturb and move in equal measure.