Thursday, February 5, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire: Movie Review

Okay, so this is not a book, but I am going to review it anyways....


Synopsis:

'Slumdog Millionaire' is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?"

But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions.

Intrigued by Jamal's story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show?

When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out...



Movie Info
Starring:
Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Anil Kapoor, Irfan Khan
Theatrical Release Date:
11/12/2008
Rating:
R
MPAA Reasons:
for some violence, disturbing images and language
Run Time:
120 min.
Distributor(s):
Fox Searchlight
Production Co.:
Celador Films
Director(s):
Danny Boyle
Genre(s):
Crime and Mystery, Drama, Romance
Themes:
Orphans, Underdogs, Rags To Riches, Clearing One's Name


Tone:
Gritty, Earnest, Frantic, Rousing, Poignant, Stylized, Inspiring, Heartwarming


Keywords:
slums, orphan, jackpot, childhood, game-show, street-kid, India (subcontinent)


Country of Origin: USA - Limited


Language: Hindi


Status: In Theaters

There is no doubt in my mind on why this movie as gotten the attention of the nation! It is a moving, touching, eye waking movie! Worth the cost of the ticket!
4 1/2 stars!


Until next time...
Happy Reading!



4 comments:

TheChicGeek said...

I've been wanting to see this for such a long time. Everybody loves it. It's raining here in California so maybe I'll finally get to the movies this weekend!
Nice review, Tena!

Sara Bonds said...

Oooo, thank you for posting this. I have been so interested in this movie. I have not seen it yet. I have had a few people tell me that it wasn't as great as the critics are making it out to be. You have reinspired me to see the film.

naida said...

I heard great things about this movie. I want to watch it too.
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Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

This movie blew my mind. I loved it.