Intense suspense. Fear for those under siege unfolding at India’s Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in 2008 keeps your rapt attention. Anthony Maras, directing his first feature, commands compellingly human performances that make you care about the people who came to the luxury hotel without knowing what they were getting into.
Based on true events, it’s absolutely frightening how Maras sets up knowing the people involved and the circumstances leading up to the attack. He then follows the terrorists and their victims as they play cat and mouse running and hiding in rooms, restaurants, and secret passageways throughout the gigantic elegant hotel. You’ll tense up and maybe even hold your breath like the actors, trying to keep silent to keep from being found and shot. Warning: the body count is high.