Getting to the Bottom of Slumdog Millionaire
"The answers… I knew the answers," Jamal muttered to the policemen. From the beginning Slumdog Millionaire sends home a central point in the film. Slumdog Millionaire is set in India, and centered around an orphan named Jamal from the slums who is on the television show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?". He is reliving his past to help show that he knew all the answers to the questions on the show. He has flashbacks to many life events, that not only were horrific to simply imagine happening to any small boy, but the lack of action by the police is truly terrifying.
Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle, is a movie that is hard to understand all at one time, until you reflect on it. There are themes around every corner and messages throughout every scene. There are, in fact, too many to count, which in turn makes it harder to narrow it down to the most important message, or most prominent theme. Throughout the movie the viewer comes across prominent messages like destiny, determination, triumph, as well as loss. Though the one that is the most prominent is the greed, corruption, and misuse of power that occurred in the film and was noticeable in just about every single scene.
Toward the beginning of the movie, one of the first scenes demonstrates the corruption in India at the time- and especially the slums. The scene began with Hindus raiding the slum young Jamal called home and starting to kill people at random because they were Muslim. They even killed Jamal's mother. Then Jamal, his brother Salim, and their acquaintance Latika, ran away. At first, they went to a crowd of policemen playing cards, but received no help and were told to go away. They then must make their own way through the mayhem, and the police do nothing, even when they see the attack. This not only demonstrates how easily raids can happen, but it also shows the corruption of the police. Though they...
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