Slumdog Millionaire

Sunday 26th April 20095:00 PM, 8:00 PM, Wednesday 3rd February 20107:30 PM (free!)

The Southampton University Christian Union present a free screening of Slumdog Millionaire.

After the film there will be a short break followed by a discussion on the film where Tom Price, a guest from the Zacharias Trust, will be exploring the themes and issues raised to investigate how relevent the film is to today's British culture.

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE:

British director Danny Boyle takes another intriguing career turn with this heartfelt underdog tale. Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is a street kid (or "slumdog") who has landed an appearance on India's version of the hit TV game show WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? Jamal exceeds expectations on the show, and the producers alert the police after they become suspicious of his methods.

The young contestant is subsequently arrested and is interrogated at the hands of a nameless police inspector (played by Bollywood star Irfan Khan). As the interrogation proceeds, Boyle tells Jamal's story through harrowing flashbacks that both show the terrible poverty of Mumbai and help explain how he knew the answers to the MILLIONAIRE questions. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is a tightly woven story that has been expertly edited into shape. The contrast between Jamal's upbringing and his chance of escaping it on the show are adeptly juxtaposed.

Mumbai is portrayed as a place of terrifying poverty and unforgettable brutality, and Jamal and his brother get into a never-ending succession of challenging situations. But the way Boyle ties together Jamal's life experiences with his answers on the show is quite brilliant, and the film really does run the full gamut of emotions as we see him growing up, falling in love, coming close to death, and teetering on the brink of escaping from his terrible predicament.

The film belongs to Boyle's cast, who are mostly unknown outside of India. Patel, in particular, gives a startlingly mature performance that audiences are likely to remember long after the credits role on this affecting feature.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:

94%

Genre:

Crime, Drama, Romance

Directors:

Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan

Writers:

Simon Beaufoy, Vikas Swarup

Leads:

Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Rajendranath Zutshi, Jeneva Talwar, Freida Pinto

Music:

A.R. Rahman

Length:

120 minutes

Year:

2008

Country:

UK

Language:

English, Hindi

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