As we discussed in class Hotel Rwanda is an extremely well structured film. However, I will admit that something about the second half bothered me a little. Don Cheetle was set up as the guy who could grease wheels. Throughout the first half of the film he was very active, always throwing a perk or a favor to the right person to buy time. But after the midpoint he began to have less and less control over the situation. I felt like this loss of control undermined the shift in his character from wanting to protect just his family to wanting to protect all of the refugees. Broadening the scope of his efforts made him seem even more powerless.
I liked the idea behind the actual ending of the film (namely him deciding to take all of the orphans with him). The orphans had been introduced early enough in the film that it felt like a nice return to end with them. It was also a decision the Don Cheetle from the beginning would not have been able to make. But I felt like I wanted him to have one last favor tucked up his sleeve to use to get the children out. As it was, it seemed a little too deus ex machina for me.