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Alright but a bit lacklustre
Member Name: helenc72
Advantages: Quite a good idea for the storyline, good actors, some funny bits
Disadvantages: Gets a bit boring as it goes on
Millions is a film which came out in 2004 and was directed by Danny Boyle, who is a bit of a topical figure at the moment due to the fact he directed the opening ceremony to the London 2012 Olympics. The fact this was a film by Danny Boyle did catch my eye as I have liked some of his other famous films such as Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and The Beach. I recorded it when it was on TV the other day and watched tonight.
=== Plot ===
The storyline of this film can be summed up quite briefly. A young boy, Damian, is playing in a den he has made near a railway line one day when a massive bag of cash falls down to him out of the sky. Damian has quite a keen interest in religion for someone of his age and he is constantly seeing saints etc, so he comes to the "natural" conclusion that the money was sent by God. His older brother is a bit more practical and states that they can't tell their dad about the money due to tax, as the government will take most of it! The older brother, Anthony, did make me laugh with some of his comments. The boys have recently moved house with their dad, as their mum has died, and they are making a new start in a new school. They try not to attract too much attention with the money, but it is quite difficult when Damian keeps trying to give it away to "poor people" and he shows quite a lot of naivety in what he does with the money. The money has actually come from a robbery and eventually one of the criminals tracks down the boys. To make matters even more complicated, this money is in pound sterling and there is only a matter of days before the UK joins the Euro and the money will become worthless!
=== My opinion ===
I thought the storyline sounded alright and like it could be good light entertainment. When I watched, I did quite like the two young actors who play the brothers as I thought the relationship between them was quite believable and they have something likeable about them, sometimes being quite funny. The das is played by James Nesbitt who I also think is quite a decent actor.
However, I found that once the main story was set up the film seemed to drag a bit as not that much more really happened. They were just trying to give the money away, trying to spend it, hide it etc and discussing their different views on it as we see Damian always wants to do good, whereas his older brother Anthony is a bit more materialistic. I found myself getting a bit distracted towards the end and wondering how much longer it would go on for, as nothing more seemed to be offered.
It is okay, and it has its funny parts and a few sweet moments such as with the boys' mum, but I don't think it is Danny Boyles best effort at all. It seemed to much of a "family film" for me!
Summary: Not bad - watchable but not a must see film