Belen's Slumdog Essay

974 words - 4 pages

Every movie has a bad guy, villain, or trader; in the case of Slumdog Millionaire, the
antagonist in the film is the character, Salim. Salim is classified as the antagonist throughout the
movie, because he continuously makes his younger brother, Jamal suffer since they were
children. From the time that he locked Jamal inside a latrine, stopping him from getting an
autograph of Jamal’s favorite actor, to the time he took away his love, Latika preventing them
from being together. With the death of their mother at a young age, Salim and Jamal only had
each other. Then again, that doesn’t always mean that the only family you have will always
support and love you. However, Salim makes his final ...view middle of the document...

For example, the mise-en-scene of the
movie was very dark and not very smooth at all, it was jump cut after jump cut leaving us to
wonder which scene we would go to next. The lighting throughout the scenes with the “bad
guys” was dark, gloomy and the atmosphere was scary. The prostitutes and the thugs around the
house while they were gathered watching the show, Who Want to be a Millionaire? (The show
Jamal was currently on hoping that he would somehow find Latika.)
Latika was watching Jamal on the hit show in the room next to the where she had
previously had watched it but there was girls (prostitutes) giggles and men drinking now. To me
this “safe-house” was filled with hopeless wishes from Latika, wanting to be reunited with
Jamal. When Salim walks in she wipes away her tears of sadness from seeing Jamal on the
television. Salim gives Latika the keys to the car and tells her to escape while she can. She
hesitates knowing that there is no chance she will ever be happy after being miserable her whole
childhood and she might be found and brought back again. She tells Salim that Javed (used to be
the main gangster of their slum, whom Salim works for) will kill them if he finds out that Salim
let her go. In spite of the consequences that will come to Salim he still lets her escape, giving her
the car and his cell phone.
After she leaves no one, not even Javed notices that Salim just let Latika escape to find
Jamal. Salim then gets ready for his suicide plan knowing that Javed will kill him after...

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