Anthony Maras’ Hotel Mumbai is a relentless big ball of gripping tension based on the true story of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Employing the usual set up for these types of based on a true story films, Hotel Mumbai begins almost right before the attack begins, giving us small glimpses into the lives of both staff who decide to stay to keep those staying at the hotel safe at the Taj Hotel. The bulk of the film follows both the victims in the hotel as well as the attackers themselves.
Dev Patel gives for me at least the standout performance here as Arjun, a waiter working in one of the many restaurants within the hotel as he frantically attempts to protect his guests and get them to safety.
We also have Nazanin Boniadi & Armie Hammer who, as a newly-wed couple with a young baby are staying at the hotel along with their nanny, played by Tilda Cobham-Hervey who all give very believable performances.
The rest of the large cast is rounded out by some great great actors including the group of terrorists who actually get scenes here that imply what has led them to this misguided terrible action.
Hotel Mumbai excels at tension building and really conveys the feeling of how sudden these escalating events can be, so much so that I found myself with a knot in my stomach for the majority of the films riveting runtime.
Looking at this film you really wouldn’t know it was actually filmed (excluding obvious exterior shots) here in Adelaide, Australia, which is a testament to the production design team for sure.
With the whole cast bringing their A game, chilling tension and sound design, Hotel Mumbai is a film to watch in the largest, loudest cinema you can find.
Hotel Mumbai is out in Australian Cinemas March 14th.
Thanks to Icon Films for the screener provided for this review, always a pleasure working with you.