Posted by: David | February 2, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

Go see Slumdog Millionaire next weekend before it leaves a theater near you. Even though this film has been nominated for an Oscar for best picture, it is still a sweet, wholesome story. Bear in mind that when I say wholesome, I refer to the story, but there is plenty of grit spread throughout:  the movie opens with the hero being tortured and there are numerous flashbacks showing the hero’s rough upbringing, earning the movie its R rating.

[Spoilers!] Eighteen-year-old street kid Jamal has amazed the world by making it to the second to last question on India’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, but before the next show, the host turns him over to the police to “question” him about how he could possibly have known all the answers. As Jamal explains how he knew each question, the film flashes back to the incident in his childhood where he learned the answer. This serves as the framework for telling his story.

[Bigger spoilers!] After a mob of Hindus kill their mother in an attack on a Muslim neighborhood in Mumbai, India, Jamal and his older brother are forced to survive on their own as children in the poorest of neighborhoods. Against his brother’s wishes, Jamal allows Latika to join their band, and the three muskateers survive the best they can until they are taken in by a man who provides food and shelter to street orphans but uses them to rake in cash by begging. Salim and Jamal manage to escape, but Latika is left behind. Years later, Jamal drags his brother back to Mumbai and manages to track down Latika, but this time, Jamal loses Latika when his brother steals her away and joins a gang. Jamal refuses to give up his search for Latika, though, and eventually manages to win a spot on Millionaire in the hopes of getting his lost love’s attention. I won’t spoil the ending, but let me assure you, it’s worth you time and money.

Here are some clips from the movie:

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Responses

  1. David, I hope to check it out soon: ergo, I didn’t read your spoilers. However, have you, too, heard that this low-budget flick may have the inside track to an Oscar?

  2. I have heard that it’s enjoying front runner status. Even though I haven’t seen the other contenders, I will be rooting for this one to win.


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