By Remez Sasson
A few days ago I went to the cinema with my wife and friends, to see the film Slumdog Millionaire. It is an interesting film, and we have enjoyed watching it, but it very different from the usual Hollywood movies.
The plot runs around the show “Who Wants to be a millionaire”, and shows the life story of a simple, uneducated 18 years old orphan from the slums of Mumbay, who takes part in show, and surprisingly has all the correct answers. This raises the suspicion that someone is helping him, and so, while being integrated by the police, he reveals how he knew each answer. The film is built of a series of flashback to the hero’s earlier life, all connected with the right answers to the questions of the show.
Through these flashbacks we learn about Jamal Malik, the hero of the film, about the other characters, and see different aspects of life in India. We are introduced to Jamal and his brother Salim, who became orphans when their mother was killed, and to Latika, another orphan. We see them, as they grow older, engaging in all kinds of jobs, and going through all kinds of situations.
Everything moves very fast in the film, from one scene to another and from one incident to another, not allowing any development of the character and behavior of the heroes’ of the film, yet the plot, sights, sounds and action are riveting and hold the attention of the spectators throughout the whole film.
I recommend watching the film.
Director: Danny Boyle
Jamal, main actor: Dev Patel
Latika, main actress: Freida Pinto
Watch a trailer from Slumdog Millionaire