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Hotel Mumbai

Hotel Mumbai (Anthony Maras, 2018) Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Tilda Cobham-Hervey; dramatisation of 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks on the Taj Mahal hotel

While I will understand when some people respond to the 'let’s solve racism road trip' simplicity of Green Book, I actually found the racial politics of Hotel Mumbai much more problematic as it centers white characters in this terrorist attack, casts them with recognizable faces, and then expects us to care about them more than the dozens of Indian extras getting shot in the background just because. Yes, there is also an Indian-born lead in the always-solid┬áDev Patel, but the biggest problem with Hotel Mumbai is that it is brutal and harrowing and problematic without ever feeling artistically rewarding. You can punish me for two hours, but there needs to be a reason to take the punishment. Brian Tallerico.

Garry Gillard | New: 7 February, 2017 | Now: 15 January, 2019