Millions (2004) – 8/10 uncynical childrens drama adventure movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Daniel Boyle
Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce
Alex Etel: Damian
Lewis McGibbon: Anthony
James Nesbitt: Ronnie
Daisy Donovan: Dorothy
Christopher Fulford: The Man
Leslie Phillips:
Frank Cottrell Boyce: Nativity Teacher

Millions (2004)

When a giant bag of cash falls into seven-year-old Damian’s life he presumes it’s from God and happily and generously starts using it to help others. However, his benevolence soon attracts attention and then the truth about the source of the money is revealed.

8/10

This charming, remarkably uncynical tale features a stunning performance from Alex Etel under the tutelage of director Danny Boyle (who remarkably, along with writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, had his credit removed when shown on BBC television). A final scene in Africa is fitting but feels like Richard Curtis snuck into the editing room at the last minute. The rest of the movie is much cleverer, entertaining and effective at communicating economic, consumerist and moral messages without being cloying or manipulative. Time and again, Danny Boyle shows us he is a master filmmaker; skilled at each genre he tackles and always making movies that are more interesting, worthwhile and just plain better than expected. And this one? This one is nicer than expected.

This movie contains saint peter smoking something and threat.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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