Movie Review: Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire may in fact be director Danny Boyle's best film. Yes, even eclipsing Trainspotting. It also can be the film that surprises and sweeps up lot of awards, even the most coveted, Academy Awards.
What is clear and great about this film, is that it shows us more than a rags to riches story. It shows us a world in which we barely see. A somewhat a political overt tone about the division of the poor and the wealthy in India. The slums are met with very atrocious conditions and those that are rich, are so because of gang related authority. It does feel a little bit like City of God at times and that is a great movie to compare it to. So...I'll leave that at that.
The acting is great. From the little kids, to the preteens, to the adults, Danny Boyle got the best performances out of all of them. And the pacing is great, also. There isn't a moment were it dips too slow, like many other low-budget dramas.
But is this really a drama? Or maybe this is a thriller? Or maybe a romantic lovestory? It is all of the above. And it works great in all three genres. Slumdog Millionaire is a great movie that will be going for the Oscar gold. Possibly even succeeding.
4 out of 5

Running time: 120 min.
Budget: $15 million
US Gross: $28,778,672 (as of 1/4/09/)
International Gross: $320,000 (as of 1/4/09/)
Total Gross: $29,098,672 (as of 1/4/09/)

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