Movie Review: Hotel Mumbai

Hotel  Mumbai review by Linda Ruiz

On November 26 2008, 10 members of the Palestinian Islamic terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba, sailed to Mumbai India; armed with backpacks containing semi-automatic weapons, grenades and plastic explosives to carry out  twelve coordinated attacks that lasted until November 29th.  More than 300 people were wounded and 166 Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Jews, people of faith and no faith were murdered.

Hotel Mumbai encapsulates the attacks that took place at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Majaraj Termius railway station, Leopold Cafe, and  the streets leading to the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.  The Taj is the Jewel in the crown that was going to be the grand stage finale from which the terrorists would have their actions televised for the world to see.

Their leader, who was in constant contact with them by cell phone was monitoring all the news media coverage and  directing them on what weapons to use and how to kill the hostages. At one point he tells them-  have them face the window and fire one shot in the back of the head. We will terrorize them.

But what the terrorists didn’t count on is that in the face of fear, courage is born. Strangers will become family and protect one another and see each other through the darkness. The staff of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel laid down their lives for their brothers and sisters . This is their story.

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