Slumdog Millionaire movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Danny Boyle’s film is well-done and often thematic, but quite frankly, most of it is uninteresting, slow-moving and overrated. Slumdog Millionaire is a drama that’s clearly not for everyone; it’s good, but it’s nowhere near great.


When he is interrogated for the accusation of cheating, an 18-year-old from Mumbai reflects on his past and figures out how he knew the answers as he competes on the Indian version ofthe show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?.

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Movie details

Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Rubina Ali
Writer: Simon Beaufoy
Release Date (Australia): 11 December 2008
Runtime: 120 minutes/2h
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Language: English, Hindi

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

Thematic material includes criminal organisations and human trafficking, sexual slavery, torture, poverty, riots and scenes in which children are blinded with a hot liquid.

Violence (M)

The film contains scenes in which people are attacked, beaten and shot.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains use of words including “f**k”, “motherf**ker”, “s**t”, “bloody” and “bastard”.

Nudity (G)

A young boy’s buttocks are briefly viewed.

Sex (M)

The film contains themes of sexual slavery and features several sexual references.

mpaa rating

R (for some violence, disturbing images and language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Dev Patel gives a highly lifelike performance in a movie you may just be compelled in if you were around for the buzz surrounding the show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. Without a doubt, Slumdog Millionaire is a decently watchable movie with a sufficient amount of talent put into it, but nothing that we see or hear within this movie is anything near award-worthy and it’s honestly quite overrated.

To start with positives, the acting in this movie is incredible, especially when we’re watching Patel as 18-year-old Jamal. What makes his section in the film very watchable and rather impressive is the fact that he makes us forget we’re watching a movie. He makes us completely forget we’re watching acting and not what feels like real life. And he’s sort of the hero of the film, because the most engaging times during the film are the ones that revolve around his character.

But this film jumps back to the characters childhood quite a bit. The sequences of tension where he’s on Who Wants to be a Millionaire are completely captivating, but when the film’s looking at his childhood, it’s never as interesting as quite frankly, they’re boring. It’s one of those movies that gets better as you think about it, but while it’s playing, some viewers will just be waiting for something really riveting to happen.

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