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 Posted:   Aug 23, 2019 - 6:50 AM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

I cannot think another film that's 'in the pipeline' and due out this year that can beat this film in the Awards race next year. Absolutely brilliant filmmaking by a Director named Anthony Maras, who's name was unfamiliar to me before this film. Have YOU seen this film?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2019 - 8:58 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yes, I have. It's a very good film, although it's not the best film of the year (so far) for me. It's neatly situated on an 8th place (out of 78 movies from 2019 that I've seen). Love the visceral intensity of it all; the no-nonsense approach to the subject matter while keeping the human interest throughout.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2019 - 9:06 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

My take, from the "What Movie Did You Watch" thread.

HOTEL MUMBAI (2019) - 7/10

This film recounts the attack on the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, India in 2008 by members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamic terrorist organization based in Pakistan. Although 31 people were killed in that attack, the film focuses on the 250 who were rescued, and shows how they survived. Hotel kitchen staff members, led by Dev Patel (LION) and Anupam Kher (the television series "New Amsterdam") manage to hide a large group of guests, including Armie Hammer (ON THE BASIS OF SEX) and Nazanin Boniadi (the television series "Homeland") in a private hotel club that is not easily accessible. While the terrorists scour the hotel looking for victims to kill, the hidden guests attempt to escape to safety.

Primarily an Australian production, this is the first feature film for writer-director Anthony Maras. This chilling, suspenseful film does a good job of blending Mumbai location footage with the hotel interiors shot in an Australian studio. Volker Bertelmann's music combines the usual percussion and chord progressions that mark today's suspense scores with snatches of local Indian color in the orchestrations.

 
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