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TIFF Review: ‘Hotel Mumbai’

September 13, 2018Ben Mk



   
No matter how much we try to prevent them, acts of terror have become an unfortunate fact of life. However, if you look closely enough, the stories of hope begin to shine through like tiny slivers of light through the cracks.

In 2008, armed extremists descended upon the streets of Mumbai, India with but one purpose: to incite panic and to kill as many people as possible. In the end, over 160 lay dead with several hundred more injured. But what the terrorists didn't count on was the courage, strength of will, and sheer ingenuity of the staff and patrons at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, many of whom — including chef Hemant Oberoi (played with convincing resolve by Anupam Kher) — came together to help each other survive what would undoubtedly be the most harrowing and intense ordeal of their lives.

With a keen eye not only for the human drama unfolding in the foreground, but in the background as well, co-writer/director Anthony Maras places viewers directly in the thick of the chaos. With an international cast that also includes Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Jason Isaacs and Dev Patel, Hotel Mumbai is as gripping as it is ultimately inspiring.

Hotel Mumbai makes its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 2 hrs. 5 min.




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