Terrorism has no boundaries. We are seeing this in the USA right now. In the past, there have been major attacks not only in NYC, but also London, Madrid, Paris, and Mumbai. The attack in Mumbai was masterminded by Pakistani intelligence and involved sending a team of well-equipped combatants on boats to Mumbai, where for days they terrorized the city.
Different spots in the city were targeted by teams of men. There was the train station. Cafes. A hostel. Shots were fired into crowds from moving vehicles. But the main target, the one where the terrorists wanted to make their most feared statement, was the Taj Hotel - Hotel Mumbai. It is a jewel from an era gone by, but not forgotten.
The movie details the attacks and how those inside the hotel, at least some of them, managed to survive. A lot more didn’t. But what is amazing about this true story is that the staff of the hotel, by choice, stayed to help the guests. Even when they could’ve escaped the building, they chose to put their own lives at risk for the sake of those in their care. Some paid for that choice with their lives. But many people were saved because of it.
The movie is polished. The script is clear and concise. The acting spot on. The directing keeps the audience in the moment. It is a straight forward movie about a horrific historic event. It is sobering by nature and will make you think. A person should veer away from the latest Disney superhero caper to immerse themselves in this type of story, at least once in a while.
The Taj did reopen only months after the attack. Many of the staff are still there. You can see this depiction of their heroics by renting this movie on Redbox or Fandango. I give it a 5/5 on the rating scale.