Review: Lion will move the hardest of hearts

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 February 2017

Lion starring Dev Patel. Picture: A Long Way Home Productions

Lion starring Dev Patel. Picture: A Long Way Home Productions

© Long Way Home Productions 2015

Based on the real life account of Saroo Brierley and adapted from his book ‘A Long Way Home’ Lion tells the story of how, as a 5 year old living in India, he was separated from his mother by accidentally boarding a decommissioned train.

Dev Patel stars in LION Dev Patel stars in LION

Transported to Calcutta 1,500 miles away, he is eventually adopted and relocated to Tasmania.

The first half of the film covers these traumatic events with 5-year-old Saroo being played faultlessly by child actor Sunny Pawar, who fought off competition from 2,000 other boys to win the role.

The fact that these are real events makes the first half all the more heart wrenching.

The pace slows up in the second half of the film as focus moves to the present day and follows a now adult Saroo, played by Dev Patel, living in Melbourne and searching for his long lost family via the use of his laptop.

The second half isn’t quite as engaging as the first, but the task of making someone spending hours on ‘Google Earth’ interesting enough for a feature film is a tall order.

Patel’s performance is undeniably good, as he becomes obsessed with finding answers, to the detriment of his relationship with girlfriend Rooney Mara.

It’s not difficult to see why his performance has generated Oscar attention.

The film itself has six nominations for this year’s ceremony, including best supporting actor nods for Patel and co-star Nicole Kidman who plays Saroo’s Australian adoptive mother.

Overall debut director Garth Davis delivers a captivating film with a real emotional punch.

The bitter sweet finale using footage of the actual people involved will move even the hardest of hearts.

Definitely worth seeking out for fans of true life drama.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dunmow Broadcast visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Dunmow Broadcast staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Dunmow Broadcast account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Fri, 16:12

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss visited Stansted Airport today to highlight the importance of exports to the UK economy and to hear about the airport’s multi-million pound expansion plans.

Fri, 13:22

An afternoon talk on Saturday, January 27 about the dangers the Cold War brought to East Anglia will launch a new display at Braintree Museum.

Fri, 13:19

Golf clubs and equipment worth some £15,000 were stolen during a break-in at Saffron Walden Golf Club.

Fri, 07:51

A water supplier is asking customers in Uttlesford to monitor their usage to help reduce the likelihood of restrictions later in the year.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Dunmow Broadcast e-edition E-edition

Most read stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter