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A 2008 movie directed by Danny Boyle

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Destiny taught in its most simplest form. Would you believe it?

  • Jan 29, 2009
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Would you ever believe a "Slumdog Millionaire?"

I've been thinking about this movie for the past week as I've been tempted to write a review about it, but wanting to ensure that I get all of the thoughts that have surfaced in my mind about why exactly I fell in love with this film.  I have heard so much about Slumdog Millionaire from the news, my friends, the ratings and the movie's most recent accomplishment: winning four Golden Globe Awards earlier this month.  After finally buying in to go see it, I was certain that this movie lived up to the hype...every bit of it.

The main character, who is portrayed by Dev Patel wins big on the country's version of the show, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." However, as a lower class citizen of India, the host of the show and the police become suspicious of Patel's ability to answer all of the questions correctly.  Many of the questions required knowledge that was usually only known by the rich and elite - and somehow Patel was able to answer them all.  In the government's eyes, Patel was called and referred to as a "slumdog," and so the chances of a slumdog becoming a millionaire were extremely odd for the police to see it actually happen.

Without spoiling the movie, Slumdog Millionaire appealed to me because of the way it illustrated just how magically destiny or fate can be found working at times in your life.  I'm not sure what others would think, but to me - everything that was presented in the film was practical, realistic and possible - nothing was out of the ordinary.  No magic coincidences, no perfect timing situations, and its plot was as nearly as predictable as you would imagine after reading my small little plot. This movie was so incredible, I saw in twice in one week.  The movie reminded me a lot about life in a third world country, and so with the great lesson behind it - I even decided to take my parents to see this movie!

There are movies that portray great romance stories, and others that boast incredible special effects.  You'll find the films that will keep you at night, terrified after watching them, and there are those that will give you the biggest laughs you have ever had.  But there are few movies that talk about life's lessons and its beauty of simply living it.  Slumdog Millionaire could very well be the perfect explanation of destiny and how it works in the lives of people who may not yet understand.

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April 03, 2009
I liked it a lot too. Its odd that the dvd release is being promoted with ads that make it look like an all-singing, all-dancing, Bollywood extravaganza. Anybody who rents it expecting to have a good time is in for a surprise because that isn't the kind of film it is at all. They been doing that a lot lately--PAN'S LABYRINTH was publicized as children's fantasy and many people resented the false advertizing and and took their anger on out the film. It almost seems that publicists are afraid no one will see a film (especially a foreign film) if it deals with a serious subject.
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review by . April 14, 2011
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There is an underlying sweetness to Slumdog Millionaire which is belied by its overt brutality. This movie is a nasty, gritty and very realistic depiction of the slums, but in the end it proves to be an uplifting, heartwarming, and inspirational fairy tale and love story in the vein of Walt Disney. The very hard life which Jamal, the main character and hero of Slumdog Millionaire, reveals before our eyes makes us root for him harder than most other protagonists over the last decade. Jamal is a very …
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2010
I read the advertisements and couldn't imagine why I'd like it, but it really does pull you in.
Quick Tip by . September 25, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
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This movie was phenomenal on every possible level. Breathtaking cinematography, heart wrenching human interest, engaging characters, unpredictable plot, sincere romance, original dialogue, and super super tense moments. I wish I could see a movie this good every time we go to the theater!!! If only ; )
review by . May 18, 2009
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"…If you look hard enough, Life can give you all the answers." This is one phrase I've always been told and director Danny Boyle's adaptation of the novel by Vikas Swarup tells a very whimsical tale. The film has won several Academy film awards, most probably because of its portrayal of humanity. The film is a rousing crowd-pleaser, it is an excellent tale of life, love and delightful destiny. Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is a young man on the verge of winning a significant large fortune …
review by . November 16, 2009
   I enjoyed this film but I did not feel it was as great as all the hype it has received.  The director uses flashbacks in a confusing manner starting with an adult Jamal being tortured in a Mumbai police station.  We are then treated to all kinds of flashbacks with an adult Jamal playing the India version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire and a very poor kid Jamal being abused by his bully brother Salim.  Salim locks Jamal in an outhouse when the local celebrity comes to …
review by . March 03, 2010
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This story is so well crafted that the viewer suspends their reason and disbelief, and by the end of the movie we all overlook the simple but persistant message of the film... women are stupid.        Having an almost entirely male cast (one of the two female characters is quickly bludgeoned to death in the beginning of the film,) the focus intensifies on the singular female character.  The writers and directors would have us believe that as a "helpless" little …
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
awesome movie..i love watching this movie over and over again
Quick Tip by . June 07, 2010
UNBELIEVABLE. What an incredible movie. Really moving, eye-opening, and overall entertaining. Can't wait to read the book as well.
review by . February 25, 2009
I know it's been said a million times already and I hate to sound cliché, but it's a statement that rings true every time you say it. Who would have thought Danny Boyle, a man from Manchester could have created such an award winning phenomenon. Slumdog Millionaire is a film I tried to keep away from as long as possible as I didn't want to seem like a person who jumps on the bandwagon. I guess it was inevitable that I was to see it eventually and tonight was the night. It has remained in my memory …
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Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle, with co-director Loveleen Tandan, and written by Simon Beaufoy. It is an adaptation of the Boeke Prize winning and Commonwealth Writers' Prize nominated novel Q and A by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup.

An eighteen-year-old from the slums of Mumbai finds himself competing on the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," where the questions he must answer offer a look back at his earlier life. The show's host, however, insists that he must be cheating and takes steps to force young Jamal to admit that a boy from such an impoverished background could not possibly possess the knowledge necessary to win the show's top prize.

2008 Oscar Nominations
  1. Achievement in Cinematography
  2. Achievement in Directing
  3. Achievement in Film Editing
  4. Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
  5. Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song, "Jai Ho")
  6. Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song, " O Saya")
  7. Best Motion Picture of the Year
  8. Achievement in Sound Editing
  9. Achievement in Sound Mixing
  10. Adapted Screenplay
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Release Date: November 2008 (US)
Runtime: 120 Min

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