Slumdog Millionaire

July 27, 2009 at 9:52 am | Posted in DVD Film, Reviews | Leave a comment

I decided to watch this movie for two reasons:

1 – it seems to have had fantastic reviews and media attention

2 – an Indian family from my local church recommended us to watch it.

Danny Boyle is a well know director that has made some big name movies including: Trainspotting, Shallow Grave and A Life Less Ordinary. In his latest effort – SLUMDOG MILLIONARIE he has made another amazing blockbuster film.

The film is loosely adapted from Vikas Swarup’s novel Q&A, and the film is set in modern-day Mumbai.

At the start of the film we are introduced to the main character, a teenage Jamal Malik, a chai-wallah (tea vendor). He was born and raised in the slums of Mumbai and after many battles makes his way onto the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

The film goes into the different stages of his life and the hassles he has during those times. He ends up getting into trouble with the host of the show Kumar who does not believe him when he says that he can answer the questions on the show because they actually pertain to his life experiences. So Kumar sets the local police onto him to torture the truth from him.

I will not tell you anymore because I don’t want to ruin the movie for you. But I will say that the movie is a great movie filled with romance, torture, fantasy and poverty. Make sure you have a large box of tissues beside you to watch this one, because it is a real heart breaker.

Reviewed by Shona

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