Shooting Dogs is based on the real-life massacre of 2,500 refugees
in 1994 by Rwandan authorities. The story of this real-life massacre
is portrayed through the eyes of two British citizens, a priest
played by the impressive and sometimes malevolent John Hurt and Hugh
Dancy, an idealistic teacher who struggle to witness how the world
fails to intervene.
Director Michael Caton-Jones brings forward a variety of global and
moral issues in this heinous massacre which releases a plethora of
issues to the viewer on how this atrocity happened.
Hurt and Dancy are quite powerful in the film and at the end of the
day, not from the acting or direction of the movie, Shooting Dogs
leaves quite a sour and depressing feeling within the viewer which
is probably what Michael Caton-Jones was trying to achieve.