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“Hotel Mumbai” (2018 release from Australia; 125 min.) is a movie about the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. As the movie opens, we are reminded the film is “Based on True Events” and we are informed it is “November 26, 2008, Mumbia, India”, as we see 10 guys in a Zodiac boat about to arrive in Mumbai. Meanwhile, we see a guy getting ready for work, as a staff member of the famous Taj Hotel. Arriving at the Taj is a celebrity couple and their young son and the nanny. They are treated like royalty. Meanwhile the gang of 10 is disbursing to various sites in Mumbai. Two of them arrive at the overcrowded CST Train Station in South Mumbai, and before we know it, they start firing in the crowds. At this point we are 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you’ll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
There are a few movies that I absolutely love that I don’t see myself watching again. The three that come to mind right away are Schindler’s List, the War Horse and A Dog’s Purpose. I absolutely love all three of those movies and I don’t see myself watching them again and again.
Hotel Mumbai joins that list. It is simply the best movie I’ve seen in 2019…and I go to a hell of a lot of movies. The film features a marvelous ensamble cast including Dev Petal, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher, Jason Isaacs, Suhail Nayyar, Armie Hammer…and many more. This is the first time I’ve seen Hammer do anything remotely impressive. The story revolves around a group of hotel employees and guests caught in the deadly 2008 Mumbai terrorist massacre. The most prominent character is Arjun, a Seik waiter at the hotel. Arjun is a hard working young man with a small child and a pregnant wife. He drops his shoes on his way to work and nearly misses his shift. The chef takes pity on him and loans him his extra shoes, which don’t fit. As the terrorist attacks progress, Arjun and other key employees take it upon themselves to gather and shelter a group of hotel guests, saving the guests lives by putting their own on the line. I found this truly inspiring.
You see both sides of humanity on display in this picture. While it’s hard to watch innocent people being murdered, we also see self-sacrifice and integrity from the staff who stayed behind to try to ensure the safety of their guests and the police who stood up to the killers but were so outgunned by the well prepared terrorists, many losing their lives in the course of doing their duty.
DVD Wholesale Main Features :
Actors: Armie Hammer, Dev Patel, Nazanin Boniadi, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Anupam Kher
Directors: Anthony Maras
Writers: Anthony Maras, John Collee
Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Gary Hamilton
Format: NTSC, Subtitled
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: Hindi, Spanish
Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
Region: Region 1
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R – Restricted
Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: June 18, 2019
Run Time: 124 minutes