In Cinemas March 31

Friday, March 31, 2006

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING

"An undeniably powerful & important piece of work." Jonathan Ross, Film 2005

"A well-crafted, beautifuly acted, powerful picture…a deeply emotional epic…a fine film…John Hurt gives a masterful, Oscar-quality performance as Father Christopher." Chris Tookey, Daily Mail ****

"Stunning." Dave Aldridge, BBC Radio 5 Live

"Superb." Adam Sweeting, Uncut ****

"An extraordinarily powerful film with a great performance from John Hurt...a must see." Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail.

"Outstanding...You must see this film." Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express *****

"Great conviction, compassion & power." Geoff Andrew, Time Out ****

"The restrained, quietly devastating SHOOTING DOGS is the reason you want to become a film-maker in the first place. An intelligent, unflinching human picture that generally avoids the twin traps of sentimentality and melodrama, this is a highly commendable drama with a performance of immense compassion from John Hurt." Allan Hunter, Daily Express ****

"Shooting Dogs is in many ways a fine piece of work, well shot and directed with some honesty…there is no denying the awful truth of what it says, the strong performance from Hurt and the commendable way in which Caton-Jones marshals his cinematic forces." Derek Malcolm, Evening Standard ****

"The second film dealing with the Rwandan genocide to get a UK release, Shooting Dogs is a much harder watch than the Oscar-nominated Hotel Rwanda. It's also, in many ways, far superior…a finely nuanced screenplay, subtle performances and a gritty authenticity…Unapologetically grim, but remarkable and moving nevertheless" Ian Winterton, Hotdog ****

"Thoughtful and necessarily shocking." The Irish Times ****

"In a world inured to the pasteurised versions of Hollywood stories, occasionally we see something that is still raw enough to shake us, to move us, to make us feel. Shooting Dogs is just such a film…Moments in this film will stay with you for a lifetime...an unsettling, incredible experience." Psychologies Magazine *****

"…promises to be one of the most talked about movies of 2006…an emotionally draining film…a hard-hitting film…Heatrtbreaking and brilliant." Mark Eccleston, Glamour *****

"The third fiction film about the Rwandan tragedy in less than a year, Shooting Dogs is the most straightforward and thus the most powerful. Hugh Dancy is excellent...John Hurt is superb." Nick Roddick, Evening Standard.

"In many respects a more stylish, authentic, tougher-minded film than HOTEL RWANDA... respectable and well- intentioned" Variety.

"A shoestring heartstopper…the best film of Caton-Jones' career…one of the best political films of the year. It's a tougher and more mature film than the Oscar-nominated HOTEL RWANDA" Kevin Maher, The Times (Knowledge)

"2006's most powerful film" Harpers & Queen

"...piercingly heartfelt and memorable." Anthony Quinn, The Independent.

"The film left me feeling shattered. It was so real, I felt I was right back there in the middle of the madness. The film is the most powerful portrayal of that terrible time. What happened in Rwanda wasn't just about Rwanda - it was about all of us. The film brilliantly captures that central truth. A Brilliant and Powerful film." Fergal Keane, BBC Newsnight

"A film of some magnitude, packed with moving and sensitive performances… Dancy's performance is gripping… Rarely have I seen a film this devastating. While it's never pleasant viewing, it's a film I implore you to make sure you see. Absolutely and unequivocally, you must see Shooting Dogs." Jeremy Allen, PlayLouder.Com

"Shooting Dogs is an astonishing and important film which everyone should go see; not only to learn about what happened in Rwanda, but to also appreciate a well-crafted, well-acted movie that examines the difficult decisions people are forced to make in extreme situations. I challenge you not to be affected by its power." Sara MacDonnell, Music OMH Online *****

"A gripping tale." Anwar Brett, Film Review ****

"The thunderous applause at the end of the London Film Festival screening of Shooting Dogs, mixed with the sounds of people still attempting to sniff back their tears, sums up the experience of the film better than any words could...Shooting Dogs is definitely worth seeing...This film portrays the events in an emotional, realistic way, and does not flinch from showing the callous and indifferent attitude of the rest of the world. It brings the story to life and makes all of us question what we would do if faced with similar circumstances...Don't miss this poignant portrayal of the Rwanda genocide. It's a moving story that will stay with you and force you to consider some uncomfortable but necessary questions." Laura Horwitz, 6 Degrees Film Online.

11 Comments:

At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish the film making communiuty were brave enough to allow this film to show in commercial film theaters. It was trully heart stopping!!

 
At 5:45 AM, Anonymous Pippa Cross - Producer of the film said...

we agree - it is not an 'art house'film really is it, but so hard to compete with major US releases with their huge ad spends....we rely on word of mouth - so please get talking!

 
At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Matthew, London said...

v. disturbing & thought provoking, I am an average male, 33, & have just balled my eyes out at the shocking events this film has shown us. Why did the west ignore it? I cannot comprehend the fear and suffering the oppressed went through. The cast & filmakers should be proud. So should the people of area who revisted their emotions to help make this film. I am now questioning my role in life to see if I would do the same as father Christopher.

Will I spend my life behind a desk earning lots to do nothing, or will I change jobs to make a difference? I am not sure. Whatever happens this film has certainly pushed me closer to come up with a decision, and to stop procrastinating, no matter how little it is. I can no longer sit on the side while this goes on across the world. Thankyou cast & Crew. A decent film for once.

 
At 4:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very poignant and thought-provoking. The brutality was shown in such an undignified way that it made the audience cringe, but drew you in. The truth throughout the entire in film was thread brillantly through cautious and perfect performances. The moment at which the horror finally sunk in through the screen to your mind was the portraits of those involved, and the captions showing hteir awaful personal losses.
I viewed this film before release and am pleased that it has been recognised for general release. Everyone should watch it; it will make you question humanity.

 
At 4:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the film captures the heartrending plight of the rwandans beautifully. it tugs at so many emotions from pity, hope, disgust, overwhelming grief, compassion and pure horror. not only a great film but tells this sad story to the generation who never knew

 
At 5:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hugh dancy is sexy, but he's a ruddy good actor aswell

nothing against john hurt...legend

 
At 5:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watching a film like that can really stir up so many emotions in you, like anger at the west who just seemed to sit there and watch the whole thing from their televisions, it makes you want to do something, but then sadly, you realise we waited too long. Its a film that shows the evil of the genocide without making it look glmaourous and Hollywood like so many other films.

 
At 11:35 AM, Anonymous vio said...

never had i cried so much during a movie... i cried continuously from half of it right until the end, and i left the room with a headache.

but it was such an IMPORTANT film to see; cinema (and life in general) isn't just about entertaining ourselves, it's about working towards being more aware, more connected, more human, more compassionate, and this film was so so poignant and effective in reminding us that.

here's a buddhist prayer i hold deeply in my heart:

May I become at all times, both now and forever
A protector for those without protection
A guide for those who have lost their way
A ship for those with oceans to cross
A bridge for those with rivers to cross
A sanctuary for those in danger
A lamp for those without light
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
And a servant to all in need

 
At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Peter - Beaconsfield said...

An amazing film...I left the cinema with a mixture of strong emotions....confusion, incomprehension, anger, sadness, frustration
Cannot believe that only 12 years ago a genocide occured murdering 800,000 human beings...I read the newspaper reports. This film and several others that faithfully portray the madness of mans inhumanity to man should be included in the national curriculm so that successive generations never forget and more importantly learn from these great humanitarian tragedies.

The most poignant piece of dialogue from the film is when the BBC reporter describes to Joe the difference between massacres in Bosnia and Africa "......in Rwanda it's just another African that has died". Until the International 1st world community changes it's attitude to Africa, the appalling suffering and potential for a repeat of the genocide in Rwanda will remain.

There must also be a complete overhaul of the UN mandate. The criminal loss of life that resulted from this tragedy caused by the inaction of the UN on the ground must trigger the New York mandarins into action. How long before the film about Darfur is started.

 
At 3:37 AM, Blogger Lee said...

What made this movie so real was the acting and knowing that all you see happened. The actors were mainly Rwandians who had family or knew of people who were killed during the conflict, and the images they protray are as real as being their yourself and seeing the tradigy unfold. You see the UN who are initially protecting them, saying that they are powerless to do anything other than watch. It made you want to shout at the screen and say ‘Why !!’, What is the point of the UN if they are powerless to help!.

The last 20 minutes of the film show some of the most unbelievable viewing of human suffering I’ve yet to see in film. I came away from this movie upset and angry. This film is unmissable.

 
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