4 stars out of 5
British director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Sunshine) has made a career of fresh, exciting takes on familiar, well-worn film terrain. Slumdog Millionaire looks - via flashbacks and flash-forwards - at two brothers and a girl, all orphaned young, as their divergent lives intersect on the path to early adulthood. But the setting is anything but pedestrian - latter-day Mumbai - and we are enveloped in the saturated colors, the chaotic swirl, and the dangerous underbelly of mainstream Indian life. Slumdog Millionaire is vibrant and nervy, driven by a soundtrack of Indian pop and dance music, and is full of energy even when the plotline veers toward predictability. It is easily one of the most satisfying and fun films of the year.