Excerpt: Jamal (Dev Patel) has lived a life of tragic circumstances, forced to endure more hardship and suffering than most people could even fathom. An orphan with no family to depend on, Jamal instead relies on himself, a few close friends, and the beatiful Latika (Freida Pinto), his unrealized love. A bit of luck soon unfolds for Jamal however, when he manages to become a contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
Excerpt: Danny Boyle’s eight time Oscar winner was definitely the sleeper hit of 2008, and Fox has rolled out the red carpet for the unlikely ‘Best Picture of the Year’ winner for its home video debut. The movie follows a young man named Jamal Malik (Dev Patel), an eighteen year-old orphan who has grown up on the streets of Mumbai.
Excerpt: “Slumdog Millionaire” grabs you by the lapel and forces you to watch the triumphant resilience of three orphans who thrive amid unbelievable poverty and cruelty which still exists among the lower classes in rapidly industrializing India. “Slumdog Millionaire’s” opening sequences employs both English and Hindustani, with English subtitles. The use of subtitles helps to draw the viewer into his this alien world. Slowly, the movie shifts entirely to English.
Summary: This is definitely one of those film experiences. It doesn’t help that you start to feel like you missed some vital cultural event if you hadn’t seen the film. It’s a shame that some of the hype is what will scare many of the general audiences away from the movie. It’s better than they present it in these advertisements. It pulled in a respectable $140 million at the box office and will likely do very well in this home release. Rent it or buy it? That all depends.
Conclusion: A favorite of critics and audiences alike, 'Slumdog Millionaire' will now also thrill home theater enthusiasts with its impressive video transfer and reference quality audio. The reigning Best Picture winner injects viewers with a heady feel-good rush, thanks to its irresistible blend of romance, melodrama, and action. A solid sampling of supplements also highlights this top-quality Blu-ray disc, which earns an enthusiastic, across-the-board recommendation.
Excerpt: Today is the biggest day in Jamal Malik's life. A penniless, eighteen year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, he's 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 the night, suddenly, he is arrested on suspicion of cheating. After all, how could an uneducated street kid possibly know so much?
Conclusion: Slumdog Millionaire surprised audiences around the world with its original and warm-hearted storytelling, especially considering the film's somewhat depressing subject matter. Director Danny Boyle has made a career out of crafting unique movies that, despite not having much in common with one another, manage to focus on the human experience regardless of the setting.
Excerpt: This refreshing film, directed by Danny Boyle, is about hope, perseverance, and true love. The acting by the no-name cast is exceptional, and you can't help but get wrapped up in Jamal's quest to find his soul mate, played by the alluring Freida Pinto. The ending is predictable, but getting there is where the enjoyment comes from as the brilliant script by Simon Beaufoy explores the plight of India's poor and how they fight to overcome the heavy weight upon their spirit.
Excerpt: Few films in 2008 have received as much acclaim as Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionare. From the Golden Globes to the Oscars, critics have near unendingly praised the film and its portrayal of Indian culture. I will admit that the film is very good and without a doubt one of the best of 2008. However, Slumdog is not half as intellectual and thought-provoking as its proponents make it out to be.