Reviewed by: Daniel Thompson
POVERTY—What does the Bible say about the poor? Answer
What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer
Murder in the Bible
What is Monism and Pantheistic Monism? Who believes in Monism? Is it biblical? Answer
MYSTICISM—Can mysticism lead to God? Answer
REINCARNATION—Does the Bible allow for this possibility? Answer
INDIA—Did Jesus go to India as a child and learn from Hindu Gurus? Answer
How can we know there’s a God? Answer
What if the cosmos is all that there is? Answer
If God made everything, who made God? Answer
|Featuring||Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Raj Zutshi, Jeneva Talwar, Freida Pinto, Irfan Khan, See all »|
|Director||Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan (co-director: India)|
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|Distributor||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
“What does it take to find a lost love?”
Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20,000,000 Rupees on the Hindi version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” So why is he being interrogated by the police and being accused of cheating? This is the situation the viewer is presented with at the beginning of “Slumdog Millionaire,” the emotionally and visually stunning new film from British director Danny Boyle (“28 Days Later”). Set in Mumbai, India, the film tells the story in three different time periods of Jamal Malik and his journey from childhood to his current position on the game show.
“Slumdog Millionaire,” at its core, is a classic underdog story. It includes common “underdog” elements found in many films like “Rocky” or “Rudy”, and while this is not a sports movie, these themes shine through. The film reminded me of a story Charles Dickens would be proud of. The protagonist battles against elements such as poverty, lost love, and family troubles to, against all odds, conquer for love. And while this formula is tried and true, and somewhat outdated, the story still works due to the outstanding performances by the cast, as well as the fresh and original directing by Boyle. In the theater where I saw this film, the audience was on the edge of their seat from start to finish, and applauded at the credits.
From a Christian viewing standpoint, unfortunately, I can’t say this film would be appropriate for children, but for the discerning adult, I can strongly recommend it. While intense and somewhat graphic at times, “Slumdog Millionaire” is never anything other than realistic in its depictions. It earns its R-rating due to some rough language including 3 ‘F’ words, as well as some serious thematic elements involving children living without parents in an impoverished India. Sometimes it is tough to watch, but these moments are not in vain, as you will find out, everything that happens in the film does so for a reason. While the film isn’t a Christian one, as there are many nods to both Hinduism and Atheism, the story’s heart is still in the right place.
“Slumdog Millionaire” is garnering some awards attention and for good reason. Already with best picture nominations from the Golden Globes and the SAG’s, it’s easily the most entertaining and redemptive film I’ve seen this year. Danny Boyle doesn’t pull any punches and delivers a deeply moving picture that works on every level.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Mild
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