Director : Garth Davis
Producer : Iain Canning, Angie Fielder, Emile Sherman
Cast : Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman
Genre : Romance/Comedy
Release Date : 24 November 2016
Music Director : Hauschka, Dustin O’Halloran
Revue of LION
This Australian film follows the true life story of Saroo a 5 year old Indian boy who gets lost on a train that takes him far away from his home and he is adopted from a foster home by an Australian couple. 25 years after, he is overcome with nostalgia to see his biological mother and siblings and conscripts Google earth to locate his real home.
Getting lost at a young age is one hell of a scary situation to be in because you are suddenly thrust into an unknown environment and with no familiar faces. I remember one time when I was a kid and went shopping with my mum at the Jos Main Market and getting lost, I was scared to death and the familiar sight of my mum looking for me was the best sight…that is until a slap distorted my sight and memory. What I am trying to say is that getting lost in the big city and being separated from family is a traumatic experience and this movie managed to highlight the dangers of a kid getting lost.
The real fascinating thing about this film for me was its simplicity. There were no intricate shots or camera angles or exceptional acting but it was just a simple plot telling a simple story shot in a simple way. Upon further investigation I discovered that it was Garth Davis directorial debut which made it all the more impressive as his style isn’t polluted with all the over complications of modern films. However, I must warn that this style doesn’t suit all types of movies and I hope he can evolve while staying true to this style.
However, I could not shake the feeling that this was one big marketing campaign for Google Earth. But upon investigation, I found out it was to aid a campaign for missing kids in India because apparently millions of kids go missing there and are never found again which is a very sad situation and the authorities and the world need to pay close attention to this.
The conclusion of the movie is one to rip your emotions to shreds and you would be excused for shedding a tear or two. I had chills on my arms when I saw the footage of the characters portrayed in the film. It was all in all a good movie and I am really happy that it’s been winning awards and even nominated for an Oscar.