Sometimes in April (2005) - Drama, History, War

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When the Hutu nationalists raised arms against their Tutsi countrymen in Rwanda in April 1994, the violent uprising marked the beginning of one of the darkest times in African history which resulted in the deaths of almost 800,000 people.

IMDB: 7.9
Director: Raoul Peck
Stars: Idris Elba, Carole Karemera
Length: 140 Minutes
PG Rating: TV-MA
Reviews: 6 out of 49 found boring (12.24%)

One-line Reviews (18)

Incredibly powerful and breathtaking .

Writer/Director Raoul Peck has created a stunning impact with this film made for HBO.

I should have been riveted, and yet I was bored most of the time, and angry at how hackneyed and trite the film was the rest of the time.

Snapshots of US State Department bureaucrat Prudence Bushnell's (Winger) frustration with her own government's slow reaction to the crisis and the seemingly inadequate UN war crimes tribunals only hint at the problems associated with intervention in civil strife and prosecution of war criminals.

Hauntingly Gripping .

To accept the tragedy for what it is as something that truly goes on in this world and will inevitably happen again if Political Propaganda so determines it to be beneficial would mean the end of society's self delusional security.

As a leading journalist on Radio RTLM, he spread Hutu hate propaganda throughout the Rwanda air waves.

Disjointed TV picture trying too hard.

Gripping and powerful recreation of horrific world events.

Seeing this movie, however, has opened my eyes a lot, compelling me to find out more about the history of this nation and the reason behind such hateful violence.

Peck wisely utilizes the talents of Idris Elba and Carole Karemera as the husband and wife of mixed marriage and it is their story of survival and witness that makes this examination of Rwanda so intense.

The acting is very credible and becomes much more intense as the movie goes along.

Compared to "Hotel Rwanda", the course of events seems a little confusing.

By broadcasting racial propaganda against the Tutsis the Hutus were able to use the assassination of their President as a springboard for hate and genocide towards the Tutsis Rwanda citizens.

" Hauntingly gripping this movie spans the one hundred day genocide of tens of thousands of innocent people that ripped the small African country of Rwanda in half.

Gripping and Emotionally Charged.

That's why the film should have focused more on the background and the propaganda against the Tutsis, as this was the main tool to change the people and turn the country upside down.

Overall, the film is a worthwhile entertaining and educational watch with language, violence, sex/rape thoughtfully maintained at a level which would probably yield about a PG-13 rating.