Saw it Christmas Day. It has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards. It is a great picture. I must admit it was not my first choice to see but I did note that it has been making the rounds of the local art cinemas and had staying power. I read that the critics liked it and to be totally honest I feel the the 2008 holiday season, from Thanksgiving through the New Year has been seriously lacking in good movies. So it was either Brad Pitt (ugh!) in Benjamin Button or Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino. Slumdog won. Wow, good choice, I won the lotto as far as choice of films. Slumdog is great. It is basically a story of 2 young Muslim brothers in largely Hindu India. There are some scenes that are very hard to take, the abject poverty the boys endure. the death of their mother at the hands of an angry mob, the beggar boss (think Faggin) who tries to use their youth to get rich. Oh, one thing I did learn is I never ever want to get arrested by Indian police. Here in America there are massive disscussions about the morality of using torture on terrorist prisoners, well the Indian police have no problem with waterboarding or using car batteries to shock you.
A good film, go and see it.