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Maras is confident and unflinching in this portrait of the "mindless" terror, as one news report played in the film said. He is also masterful in delivering a range of emotions.
Making this kind of film inherently walks a fine line between art and exploitation, and Hotel Mumbai feels like the latter.
What redeems "Hotel Mumbai" from morbid opportunism is that, in all but its slickest and most Hollywood moments, the thrills of Maras' heart-wrenching re-enactment are never an end unto themselves.
Whatever else it may offer to audiences - vicarious thrills, emotional catharsis - "Hotel Mumbai" clearly serves as a testament to those remarkable individuals.
The film is both gripping in its execution - although a two-hours-plus running time feels a bit stretched - and totally bland in what it's trying to say, with characters who don't really stand out on screen.
Hotel Mumbai is a great crowd pleaser but with a dangerously myopic narrative that, even with its flaws, serves a fitting tribute to the resilience of the people who lived and died through the terror attacks of 2008...
When I saw Maras' short film "The Palace," I called it "one of the most emotionally effective and powerful short films that I've ever seen." In retrospect, it's a little entree for Maras' potential.
Far from an enjoyable watch, but it's clearly not meant to be. It's a bleak, brutal experience that's truly hard to view, given its true-life inspiration.
Instead of eliciting a moving or joyous response it feels somewhat off-putting. And that certainly could not be what Maras or Collee had in mind.
Painstakingly researched and based on an impressive amount of eyewitness accounts, it is difficult to fault the intentions ... in bringing the horror and intensity of this incomprehensible attack so memorably to life on screen.
The consoling breathers and the meaningful elements in the film then were [the] acts of kindness and courage.
Difficult to watch at times, but ultimately life affirming.
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