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Slumdog Millionaire

808 Ratings: 3.1
A 2008 movie directed by Danny Boyle

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 … see full wiki

Release Date: November 2008 (US)
28 reviews about Slumdog Millionaire
review by . April 14, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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
Excellent storytelling from a great director, fantastic cast and superb narrative
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
"…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 …
Quick Tip by . February 08, 2010
It looks a little too cliche and uplifting at first glance, but it pulls through so earnestly it still ends up likable.
Quick Tip by . February 04, 2010
posted in ASIANatomy
If you've seen this film please don't think you've seen "Bollywood"--this was directed by an Irishman, what does he know about Bollywood?
review by . January 14, 2009
"Sometimes I think sitting on trains   Every stop I get to I'm clocking that game   Everyone's a winner, we're making our fame   Bonafide hustler making my name"   (M.I.A. "Paper Planes")     And so it goes - the backdrop of a Mumbai slum and a popular game show, mixed with a love story, a drama, the exotic melodies of A. R. Rahman and the unmistakable voice of M.I.A.     Short Attention Span Summary (SASS)     1. …
review by . October 18, 2009
Pros: Superbly directed, acted and filmed.     Cons: N/a     The Bottom Line: Despite the depressing setting Slumdog Millionaire is strangely uplifting and hopeful and in the end is a movie the whole family can and most likely will enjoy.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. India: the south-central Asian country is an enigma to most Americans, indeed most of the world.  The 1.1 billion people …
review by . March 04, 2009
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A viewing of "Slumdog Millionaire," even if costs a hefty $12 ticket at Westwood's Landmark Theaters, is worth every penny.  Set in the vibrant city of Mumbai, India, the film tells an impassioned rags-to-riches fairy tale about survival against all odds and uncompromising love.  "Slumdog" is a wondrous accomplishment from director Danny Boyle, modern cinema's most versatile filmmaker   Look at his fine repertoire: drug-fueled comedy ("Trainspotting"), zombie thriller ("28 …
review by . February 26, 2009
Believe it or not, this movie took about an hour for me to start really enjoying. I think the main reason for this was because it was a such a dark film at the very beginning (not saying the whole movie wasn't). Every time Salim did something to hurt or screw over Jamel, I wanted to reach into the screen and hurt him. This is the second film I've seen, the other being Atonement, that has successfully made me hate one toe main characters and in Slumdog that was Salim. He was just such a wicked character …
review by . April 14, 2009
In these dark times people are looking for hope. They are looking for leadership. They are looking for understand for their fellow man. They want to see dreams come true, and love prevail. If these are what you are looking for, then I can't point to anything else other then "Slumdog Millionaire," a British film that while funded and directed by the British, is an adaptation of an Indian story about a young boy who lives in the slums and gets a chance at instant success. In that one sentence you …
review by . September 10, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
If you like Charles Dickens and, to a lesser extent, Horatio Alger, you'll love this movie.     Jamal and his older brother Salim are children of the Bombay (now Mumbai) slums. The viewer is not spared the very apparent misery of those slums and the legions of poor who pick through the garbage, the beggars the very lowest on the social ladder.     The tale is of Jamal, Salim and a girl, Latika, who becomes attached to them under horrible circumstances as very …
review by . January 29, 2009
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.  …
review by . February 01, 2009
Jamal is a teenager appearing on the Indian TV game show, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," and he's doing so well that the host and the police think he's cheating. When he's taken in for questioning (and torture), we learn that he answered the "Millionaire" questions correctly because of incidents in his childhood, when he was an orphan fending for himself in the teeming slums of Mumbai.     This is an exceptional movie with a riveting script, outstanding acting, and cinematography …
review by . April 07, 2009
I loved Slumdog Millionaire, but anyone expecting a serious meditation about the social problems effecting India will be disappointed here - it's entertainment, not a documentary.     This is a well crafted, fun, and fast moving film about life, love and dreams in the slums of Mumbai, and is pretty much what I expected from the director who brought us Trainspotting and 28 Days Later. It's a great rollercoaster of a story which takes the audience on a ride through some of the …
review by . May 04, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
I watched the Oscars without having seen Slumdog Millionaires. I thought Hollywood was making too much out of the movie. However, after watching it for myself, I can honestly say this is the first fresh and innovative movie I have seen in at least a decade. It doesn't follow the well-worn Hollywood conventions and stereotypes. The acting is heartwarming, not mushy. The characters take interesting and unexpected twists.     The movie also teaches Western audiences (most of whom …
review by . March 05, 2009
Slumdog Millionaire was an excellent film, it deserved its Oscars. I enjoyed it more than any film I've seen for a while. The story is just so visceral and does not hide the terrible poverty that many people still live in in India. I thought it deserved credit simply for its honesty. Yet, its full of life and it shows so well what is possible when it comes to the human spirit, when people are subject to the worst kind of poverty and stress then they are at their best, they need to be.     I …
review by . March 02, 2009
I finally went to see this movie after the academy awards.  Needless to say, the expectations were extremely high after seeing all the accolades.  It far exceeded my expectations.  This is a great movie.   Funny, exciting, sad, moving, artistic, yet thoroughly entertaining.      If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and get out and see it.  Great movie.    
review by . April 08, 2009
Someone in the movie calls Jamal's story "bizarrely plausible" and I would have to agree. The story is basically structured in a way that if one thing had happened differently in Jamal's life he wouldn't have be able to answer all the questions on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. While nothing in life ever works like that I think it made a really nice story.    Basically the movie was exactly what I thought it would be. It was good but I wouldn't call it great. I heard from tons …
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