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Top 5 Reason To Go See Slumdog Millionaire

Posted on: November 10, 2008


Slumdog Millionaire comes out this Wednesday, November 12. I had the privilege of attending an advance screening through Film Independent. The screening was followed by a Q&A session with the director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and the two stars, Dev Patel and Freida Pinto. I was very impressed with this movie and think that everybody should go check it out. 

5. The film is set in India, primarily in Mumbai. I have never been to India, so seeing the slums and the way that the homes/shacks are built was incredible image and also very sad. It was somewhat reminiscent of the breathtaking scenes in Brazil at the beginning of this year’s Incredible Hulk. 

4. The film, although a drama, is very funny! I don’t want to give anything important away, but I will say that the scenes where the children hustle on the trains, set to M.I.A.‘s fantastic “Paper Planes” are hilarious. The entire audience was laughing while tapping their toes to the beat of the music. 

3. The impressive performances by the inexperienced Dev Patel (Jamal), Madhr Mittal (Salim) and Freida Pinto (Latika). These actors inhabit their roles flawlessly. They are funny, sympathetic, endearing, and heartbreaking all at once. The children who play the characters as children are equally enchanting. 

2. The film is shot and edited in a fast paced, unique and personal way. As Boyle explained during the Q&A, much of the film was shot using a very small, high quality digital camera that the cameraman actually wore on his back as he moved through the busy Indian streets. Even the subtitles are presented in an unusual way. They are shown as captions that appear on various parts of the screen rather than along the bottom as in most films (just so you now, the majority of the film is spoken in English). 

1. The story is gripping and moving. Jamal Malik, an orphan from the slums of Mumbai, is about to win on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” When the show breaks for the night, right before he is to answer the final question, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating. They don’t believe that a “slumdog” could know so much. In order to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life and each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game shows questions. This is the basic premise of the movie, but there is so much more to it. So go see it and find out the answers to all the questions!


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