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on 10 April 2006
I was very impressed with Trainspotting and really enjoyed 28 Days Later and was interested to see what director, Danny Boyle, would do with a tale which appears to be at the other end of the scale - a sweet story of 2 young brothers who have recently lost their mother and who suddenly find themselves with a load of cash which appears seemingly out of the sky. This is complicated by the fact that England is about to switch to the Euro which will soon make the (sterling) cash worthless.

A big chunk of the film is taken up with the 2 boys' differing approaches to getting rid of the money before the Euro deadline. The younger brother (played by Alex Etel), who sees and talks to saints, is set on giving the money to the poor, while the older brother (played by Lewis McGibbon) would rather spend the money on the more usual stuff. The latter part of the film builds the tension with the boys' father (James Nesbitt), the police and a menacing figure becoming aware of the cash. The unknown agenda of a woman who becomes involved with the boys' father is also a worry.

The film is beautifully shot from the very first sequence and there is a dreamlike quality to much of it, which reminded me of films like Amelie and Edward Scissorhands (the film score also brings these films to mind although there are contemporary tracks as well) as well as previous Danny Boyle films, such as Trainspotting and 28 Days Later. Of course, the 2 young boys carry the film and play the parts to perfection with a perfect mix of innocence and cynicism. I'm not a big fan of James Nesbitt but I thought he did very well here and his northern accent is just about passable! All the adult actors gently support the children without stealing any of the limelight (although I thought the policeman was great).

This is a lovely, feel-good film, full of optimisim and aspiration but not overly sickly sweet. It is nice to see England presented in such a lovely light, as Paris was in Amelie, and reminds you that it can as good a place as any to grow up in. So if it's raining and grey outside, watch this!

Fantastic film - highly recommended.
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on 29 June 2009
Not a review, as much a slight warning. I purchased two separate copies of this DVD - both had the same disc error (about 10-15 minutes before the end of the film) causing it to freeze in the same place; an error with the discs, not the three players I tried them both on. So after watching 90% of the film...twice, I have yet to see the ending! So it may be worth watching your purchase sooner rather than later just in case it needs to be returned. Probably just a small batch of faulty discs.

The film itself is quite wonderful and quite different to most, as other reviewers have pointed out. The acting talents of the two brothers is astonishing (particularly that of Alex Etel), the appearance of the Saints hilarious. My only criticism is that it starts to get a little sugary towards the end (which I will hopefully see one day!) once Daisy Donovan's character arrives (no criticism of her).
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Director Danny Boyle (“Trainspotting”, “The Beach”) has developed a magical fable of a film where two boys are literally struck with a bouncing bag of millions of dollars. Damian is the younger of the two boys and has hilarious visions and conversations with his favorite Saints. His plan is to give the money to the poor. His older brother, Anthony has different plans. The clincher is, these are British pounds and the country is about to switch to Euros in a few days, making them worthless. Between the boy’s adventures in their fort, the police looking for the money and a robber that is closing in on the boys, Director Boyle never loses that human touch or sense of fantasy. It’s a fun film with no pretense.
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This is another of those movies I don't remembering ordering but I am glad it arrived. It is a typically 'British' movie. Quite slow moving and gentle but good to watch. The story is based around a young boy who 'inherits' a stash of cash from a train robbery...and whilst he and his older brother try to decide what to do with it, all sorts of weird and wonderful events happen around about.

Quirky, funny, and at times, definitely weird. If you are in the market for a movie that is a bit different, but definitely good family entertainment, this is for you.
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on 29 April 2010
I wasn't sure what to expect but this is a truly delightful film. It is a 12 with'contains one scene of soft drug use' which is one adult smoking for a few seconds. It is an unusual story but heart-warming and uplifting. Give it a try from about 8 upwards I would say.
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on 17 December 2011
Well, as a grisly misanthrop myself, I saw this film for the first time on TV the other night and was pleasantly surprised. Sure, the film is a little 'weird' in places, especially with the younger brothers 'visions', but his sheer innocence redeems this potential pitfall. To cap it all there were a few scenes that were really well executed: those with the 'Donkey' on a lead were charming - not a word I use very often - though its best not to dwell on how he got it up on the top-deck of the bus; and those containing the community policeman - especially when dealing with the local Mormons and their penchant for foot spas! In short, the film had sufficient depth to balance the sentimentality - a true British hallmark thankfully - and I would certainly watch it again, and recommend it to others.
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on 1 July 2011
Considering Millions in comparison to Slumdog Millionaire, it feels almost like B-movie. But Millions definitely has the Danny Boyle touch. The setting is unusually familiar- Virgin trains, realistic school interiors, modern housing developments, microwave meals, Christmas shopping and preparations...this isn't about mindblowing scenery, or exoticism- or least not until the final scene.

Having seen Alex Etel in one or two other things, it seems Boyle was able to get the best out of him here. The naive, well-meaning, slightly odd character is conveyed with brilliant understatement and competence throughout. James Nesbitt seems not to have to be trying too hard- having a good time and putting in a solid performance. Likewise Alun Armstrong and some of the other cameo stars- if there's any complain about Millions it's that we didn't see enough of these stars. It feels a bit light in this regard.

But if you focus on the story and the mood of the film, it is more complex than that- not necessarily deeper, but it raises thoughts and questions in a slightly different context to what we are used to. It's a story about a small boy, morality, everyday life and naive ideas- but there is no magic, really. There are no wands, aliens or monsters, except the occasional camera trick, which causes you think twice about how we perceive things that are often accepted to be simple.

Millions has a special edge precisely because you can't quite put your finger on what creates the atmosphere. Is it the very fact that it's set in a very 'normal' context that makes it accessible, before surprising you with patron saints smoking in cardboard hideaways, or the alternate universe suggested by the adoption of the Euro? WHo knows. Watch it for yourself, and create your own answers- and questions!
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As the story opens, we meet brothers Damian and Anthony, who have just lost their mother. The family moves to a new house to begin life without her, and Damian finds a big bag full of cash. This sounds like a dream come true, but in two weeks' time, England will switch to Euros and the Pound will be worthless. The boys have to come up with creative ways to spend the money (before a very scary man finds it and them).

This is a sweet and uplifting movie and I enjoyed it a lot. Damian and Anthony are likable and real, cute without being cutesy. Danny Boyle directed the 2004 film and gave it a just the right amount of heart with a clever script. Damian is an innocent, religious little boy who often "sees" and talks to various saints; these scenes are witty and not disrespectful.

This is a warm film the whole family will enjoy and it made me wonder what I would do with a bagful of cash.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 5 October 2013
A quirky, fun and ultimately very moving `family' film (although way more grown up
than that tag usually implies).

Two young brothers from a working class Irish family find a bag of cash. One wants to
spend it, invest it, use it, but the other feels compelled to follow the lead of the saints
and give it to the poor.

A film with a lovely sense of humor, of family and of the way a kid sees the world. It
has a few sticky-sweet moments, but they're much more than made up for by the very
real moments of tension, humanity, loss, humor and emotion, Terrific performances
all around, and given high energy by the always entertaining, wildly talented Danny
Boyle. A film with the true spirit of Christmas, even if it's not a 'Christmas film'.
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on 31 August 2009
I caught this film on TV once and was going to switch off but something made me stick with it and I'm so glad I did. I have since bought the DVD and have told loads of folk to watch it. There is dark humour in there and a great modern moral tale. Love it!
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