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  1. Aug 11, 2011
    6
    A more gritty take on the genocide than the widely acclaimed Hotel Rwanda, this interpretation of Shake Hands with the Devil takes you to behind the eyes of the UN general who wished to stop it all. It tells the story through his painful flashbacks and hallucinations, the style which could not help but ring "Black Ops" to the gamer junkie I am deep down. What it fails to do is capture theA more gritty take on the genocide than the widely acclaimed Hotel Rwanda, this interpretation of Shake Hands with the Devil takes you to behind the eyes of the UN general who wished to stop it all. It tells the story through his painful flashbacks and hallucinations, the style which could not help but ring "Black Ops" to the gamer junkie I am deep down. What it fails to do is capture the real emotion of anything really. At times, I found Roy Dupuis to be a fairly unconvincing portrayal of Dallaire. Some events such as the Hôtel des Mille Collines incident which I can only speculate about the appearance of, do not carry the half the weight the sentimental weight that they do in many other movies. Quite honestly, I believe if a person unfamiliar with the situation were to recieve this film as a first glimpse of this slice of history, they might not understand half the impact each denial and standdown had. It does a fair job to spare us the gore of one of the atrocity that let slip. However, there is there is one particular scene which, Like Hotel Rwanda's "road of bodies" scene which jolts the reader into a sad dismal reality outside the box of hope around the protagonist, Shake Hands with the Devil has a far more cringe worthy filler of that spot. As Dallaire is hauled at a militia road block, a Tutsi woman, oblivious to the massacre going on outside, slips in a pool of blood, caking her dress in it, to arise in pure horror before being hauled away to suffer the same fate. The viewer is made to suffer that scene twice; a exemplary reminder of how hard it is for a human being to bare such reoccurring memories. If anything is conveyed here, it is the utter powerlessness of the contingent. All in all, it's a fair representation which does not convey hard hitting turns of events as it could have but it was an enjoyable time spent. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Nov 12, 2010
    75
    Compelling documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 12, 2010
    60
    Spottiswoode relays this tragic story with respect and sadness. But Michael Donovan's script is stuffed with clichés, and Dupuis is unable to convey the depth of Dallaire's emotions.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Nov 11, 2010
    30
    Filmed in Rwanda, Shake Hands With the Devil is certainly panoramic. But the best that can be said of the film is that it is an honorable dud.