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Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Informative and Incredibly Boring for its Righteous Subject Matter
OK. I have researched this part of central African contemporary history quite a bit, and I must give Shake Hands with Devils much credit on the accuracy of its historical fact.
For the layman, the Shake Hands with the devil traces the movements of a UN peacekeeping commander, stuck physically (and morally) in the center of the Rwandan Genocide in the early 90s. He is stuck with the catch 22 of helping the helpless (ethic Tutsi in Rwanda facing Genocide at the hands of their own countrymen) and following UN peace keeping orders of being incredibly useless in a dire catastrophic situation.
The problem with this docudrama movie, is that it play like a text book; balancing way to perfectly on the thin line between serious informative documentary and dramatic story telling.
The Rwandan genocide of the 90s was horrific, but the scripting, acting and cinematography of the movie brings none of that terror to life - connecting its audience with emotional tones of that time in history.
Basically: the movie explains such a horrifying topic in African history, but I'm oddly unmoved, and that's a big problem.
The movie contains a lot of the main actor (Nick Nolte) trying to illicit sympathy by having him walk around his tatter office(s)/ room(s)/ roads contemplating deeply his situation about being trapped in civil war torn Rwanda. It seemed like a third of the movie dedicated to these long yawn-inducing ponderings.
Overall: The director did his research on subject, but forgot to actually make an ENGAGING movie.
Sorry, 3 out of 10
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