DIRECTED BY DANNY BOYLE WRITTEN BY SIMON
BEAUFOY, BASED ON VIKAS SWARUP'S NOVEL "Q&A" Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Pictures Rated R Released in the U.S. and Canada on November 12,
2008 (New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles)
By Omar P.L. Moore/The Popcorn Reel
December 8, 2008
An amazingly vivid film, "Slumdog Millionaire" has all the ingredients of a best
picture -- good acting, suspense, story, drama and strong entertainment value.
Danny Boyle's direction of this compelling film is astounding. "Slumdog
Millionaire" tells the story of teenage boy Jamal (film debut by Dev Patel) who
rises from the impoverished streets of Mumbai, India to emerge as a contestant
on the television show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" Suspected of
cheating by the show's condescending host (played by Bollywood legend Anil
Kapoor), Jamal has to convince the authorities that he hasn't been taking
any shortcuts to winning 10 million rupees. Irffan Khan, Freida Pinto and
Madhur Mittal also star. Anthony Dod Mantle's cinematography is
color-saturated, evoking the mood, vibrancy and temperature of Mumbai. Mr.
Boyle tells a story of romance, tragedy, fun and excitement, and he pulls it off
in fine fashion, a year after one of his worst films ("Sunshine") was released
in the U.S. and Canada. One of the most audience-pleasing films of recent
years, "Slumdog Millionaire" is an exhilarating experience on the big screen,
the year's best film.
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