Finally, at long last, one of the most highly anticipated Australian films in years arrives in local cinemas this week.
Since premiering at an invite-only screening at the Cannes Film Festival last year, loads of buzz has surrounded the Australian/US co-production Hotel Mumbai.
In her early review of the film published on Flicks last year, critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas heaped praise on debut director Anthony Maras’ recreation of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, which stars Dev Patel, Armie Hammer and Tilda Cobham-Hervey.
Heller-Nicholas wrote that Maras “pulls it all off with thoughtfulness, compassion and precision in a high-octane thriller centred specifically on the attacks on the prestigious Taj Majal Palace Hotel.”
She also noted that “it is difficult to fault the intentions of Maras and his co-writer John Collee in bringing the horror and intensity of this incomprehensible attack so memorably to life on screen.”
It has received a range of other glowing reviews, including one from The Guardian that described it as “an excellent, white-knuckle thriller.”
Hotel Mumbai opens across Australia on March 14.