I work the weekend night shift at a local psychiatric hospital. I'm a lowly psych technician. It's quiet, my unit. I love my job. I really enjoy the patients. In fact, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to call them before I realized they're referred to as "patients". They seem more like clientele. It's not a job, really, I enjoy it so much.
New Year's Day I covered for a younger tech, so I worked an eight hour day shift, spending all day with the patients, eating with them, sitting in group sessions, then going to the movies, since it was a holiday. Thirteen of us (including another tech) at the theater. We saw Slum Dog Millionaire. I'd never heard of the film.
Watching previews for other films, I was immediately nervous. Every film was foreign with subtitles. Fortunately, Slum Dog Millionaire is not. I should have been nervous for other reasons, it seems. It's a very violent, disturbing film. It portrays the lowest caste in India in a colorful, graphic way. No sexual scenes or nudity, but the violence to the children alone was enough.
Don't get me wrong - it's an incredible movie. I just didn't think it was appropriate for the group I was with. Maybe my own sensibilities are too delicate. But it's definitely the kind of film I'll be thinking about for weeks, still determining whether or not it was good, always deciding that yes, it was.
Brief lowdown is that the main character is the lowest class of Indian citizen growing up, a slum dog. He winds up, as an adult, on the Indian version of "Who Wants to be Millionaire". And wins. The movie opens with him in a jail cell being tortured by the guard, who's attempting to get out of him how he cheated. The entire film is flashbacks from his early childhood and on as he explains how he knew the answers to the questions on the game show. Very well done.
If you can handle violence and extreme tension in a film, I highly recommend this one. I give it five of five stars, but I don't see many movies and am easily impressed. Regardless, I thought it was very good. Wouldn't take my teens to see it, though. Hmm. Well, maybe. If you're thinking of taking teens, see it yourself, first. It's rated R and it's a well-earned rating.
If this one wasn't on your radar and you're looking for something other than the usual fluff film, please go see it. Just don't yell at me if you can't handle it. I warned you.
Until I write again ...