Movies: Hotel Mumbai, The Beach Bum, Sunset

Hotel Mumbai

This production is outstanding.  It is not easy to watch but it’s a riveting recreation of the 2008 siege on the Hotel Mumbai, the flagship hotel property of the Taj Hotel group, India.

Perhaps the most important characteristic of the production is its accurate depiction of the four day siege, November 26-29, 2008.

Ten Pakistani terrorists killed 164 people in the assault.  Ultimately nine of the terrorists were killed.  One survived and was later executed in November of 2012.

The cast is exceptional and believable.  Armie Hammer plays the husband David.  Nazanin Boniadi plays his wife Zahra.  Tilda Cobham-Hervey is excellent as the Nanny.  English actor Jason Isaacs plays the Russian businessman.  Dev Patel as a hotel waiter and Anupam Kher as the Head Chef round out the core actors.

The film is rated R for violence, bloody images and language.  This film should not be viewed by young children.  This film is being applauded for its accuracy and detail to true events.  The run time is 123 minutes.

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The Beach Bum

Disgusting, vulgar, sexist, pornographic, pervasive.  Gross drunken behavior, excessive drugs and perverted sexual activities…is this really what the film industry aspires to?!

Featuring Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey as Moon Dog, Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill, Snoop Dogg, Martin Lawrence, Stefania LaVie Owen, Jimmy Buffett and Bertie Higgins.

This film is not worthy of an audience.  80 percent of the ticket holders in our theater got up and left.  We foolishly kept waiting for something worthy of our attention…but it never came.

It’s listed as a comedy with a run time of 1 hour 35 minutes.  Rated R for excessive drug and alcohol use, language throughout, nudity, and strong sexual content.

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Sunset

This film is set in 1913 Budapest, just before World War I and the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  It’s the story of Irisz Leiter, the daughter of the former owners of the famed Leiter hat store.  She is seeking some understanding of her deceased family.

The film is interesting but confusing.  The story unfolds in a series of vague but tense scenes, often suggestive but mostly tedious suspense.  This is a very dark film.

This is Hungarian Director Laszio Nemes’ second feature film (after Son of Saul, 2015).  Unfortunately we cannot recommend it.  Its primary languages are Hungarian and German with English subtitles.

As one fellow movie goer said to us immediately after “I speak fluent Hungarian and German and I have no idea what this movie was about.”  We agree wholeheartedly.

It’s rated R for violence.  It’s listed as a drama.  It is not appropriate for children.  The run time is a whopping 144 minutes.

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3 thoughts on “Movies: Hotel Mumbai, The Beach Bum, Sunset”

  1. Mumbai is a definite movie to see. And yes, with the merger of the various companies in the entertainment industry, there will be shortage of films worthy of our time.

  2. Well, two of these I will definitely avoid, but Hotel Mumbai sounds interesting….maybe only “more interesting”!

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