The big winner at the 2009 Academy Awards (eight Oscars in total, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay) is Danny Boyle's (Trainspotting, Sunshine) Slumdog Millionaire.... More
Jamal Malik (Patel), born into dire poverty, is an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai. The nation is watching as Jamal climbs that little ladder of cash on India's 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' And climb he does, eventually one question away from winning the jackpot: 20 million rupees. But then the show breaks for the night, and police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much?
The police spend the night probing Jamal's past, recounting his life in the slums where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika (Pinto), the girl he loved and lost.Hide
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BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
Within moments of Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire beginning, we find ourselves racing through the crowded slums of Mumbai, bombarded with colour and sound, grabbing our armrests as this cinematic super-pill hits our bloodstream. Rarely has a film felt so alive. Boyle intersperses the pulsating energy with flickery slo-mo, hits it with a blistering M.I.A. soundtrack, and even gives the subtitles a personality.... More
Kind of frustrating, then, that the second half turns into a rather conventional, predictable and plodding love story - one where the characters say “I’m in love” a lot but you never actually believe it. This very contemporary (and perhaps culturally significant) merging of British independence with Bollywood melodrama works best during the flashback scenes to the characters’ childhoods. The cheeky little street urchins are far more interesting than their teenage incarnations. Dev Patel (from TV’s Skins), as the older Jamal, seems a bit too earnest and subdued considering his character's tumultuous upbringing.
But yes, I got swept up at the end. As will everyone. There’s no denying the solid crowd pleaser structure behind this. And good on director Danny Boyle for varying his style once again. By filming 75% of the movie on small digital cameras, some of them prototypes, and taking a skeleton crew deep into the slums, he’s created a vibrant, pungent, scrappy little underdog tale.Hide
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BY adamatdramatrain superstar
O.M.G. I am so thankful I don't live their life which if course is real!!! What a movie. Thank you to all who made this movie. I wish I had a magic wand to pass over that terrible terrible evil place where people are commodities like fish in a market. It was a brilliant movie with a great hollywood story drenched with real life.
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