Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Movie Review : Slumdog Millionaire

After watching this movie receive 4 Golden Globe Awards, we knew we had to see it.

Full Synopsis: It's 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 a 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 (Freida Pinto), 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.Each chapter of Jamal's increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show's seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery : what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really doing on the game show?

When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and 60 million viewers were about to find out.

My take : it's no wonder this movie received all those recognitions and many more nominations. What's admirable is the fact that the movie's director, Danny Boyle, took the money to be paid to the 3 lead child characters, put it in a trust fund which the kids can access when they reach the age of 16 and are done with grade school. He's also arranged for the kids to be brought to school every single day until they're 16. I suppose these 3 kids really are slum-dwellers?

The deplorable living conditions of the people of Mumbai were enough to shock even a 3rd world citizen such as myself. The Philippines is much better off and this movie clearly defines the term THIRD WORLD. But it's also very amusing despite all the sad truths that are depicted, that's why I'm definitely watching it again as soon as I have some free time on my hands.

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