A great new film from the director of ‘Trainspotting’

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? isn’t the most compelling game show we’ve seen (sorry, Regis!). But it did give Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) the source material for his most compelling film to date: It’s called Slumdog Millionaire, it’s set in India, and it hits theaters this week.

A teenage orphan named Jamal (Dev Patel) is about to win the Hindi version of Millionaire. The authorities, refusing to accept that an uneducated “slumdog” could win without cheating, haul him off for questioning. The fabulous Irfan Kahn (The Namesake) plays Jamal’s interrogator, and their tense, beautifully acted exchanges reveal the true outlines of Jamal’s story and the real reason he’s on the show. (Hint: Love’s got more to do with it than money.)

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