Tuesday, December 27, 2016

LION

ROG'S VIEWPOINT - Separated from his brother Guddu (Abhishek Bharate), five-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets lost on a train and taken away from his family and home in India. He learns to survive on his own before ultimately being adopted by
Australian couple John (David Wenham) and Sue (Nicole Kidman) Brierley. Twenty-five years later, a grown and determined Saroo (Dev Patel) sets out to find his family using the new technology of Google Earth. One of the year's best films, "Lion" is a fascinating family drama. While a movie that revolves around an internet search should be boring, director Garth Davis' marvelous inspirational true-life tale is captivating throughout. Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman lead a dynamic cast that includes Rooney Mara as the adult Saroo's girlfriend Lucy. But it's the young Sunny Pawar who dominates this endearing portrait of loss and triumph. His struggle to stay alive in an unknown city is truly heartbreaking. The spectacular cinematography of Greig Fraser makes India an integral part of the story. This film is manipulative right up through a closing credit sequence that will evoke tears. If you're searching for fulfilling feel-good entertainment, the royal "Lion" exceeds expectations. 4 cams