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Went to see the movie Slumdog Millionaire yesterday after watching the review on Spill.com. The basic idea of the movie is that you have a guy from the slums, Jamal, who takes part in who wants to be a millionaire and knows the answers to all the questions because of some weird twist of faith. Jamal’s lifestory unfolds through the questions.  I liked the movie but I felt it got pretty lame towards the end in my opinion. The beginning was pretty badass though with Jamal, the main character, getting tortured with electricity because the police believe he must be cheating. After that you’re treated to a magnificent scene with a bunch of slumkids running away from a pair of cops, while as the scene unfolds you can see the slums in the background. There’s people wading through mountains of trash, a very sick looking dog and so forth. A bit later in the movie Jamal’s mother is brutally murdered. One crime boss who picks up Jamal, his brother Salim and Latika, who’s the girl in the movie, blinds a kid with acid so he can make more money as a blind singing beggar. In perhaps the most brutal scene in Slumdog Millionaire Salim murders the crime boss in cold blood.

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Toward the end the violence and the slums are pretty much forgotten and you get the cliche happy ending. A great chance for an action sequence in the end is left unused as Salim kills a crime boss in the end. Sounds good but the way he does it is super lame. I would have wanted the violence and the slums to be around in the end as well. As it is Slumdog Millionaire didn’t quite live up to expectations. City of God is a better portrayal of the slums and its got the violence and crime that’s such a strong part of living there.

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