Thursday, September 16, 2004


This is Danny Boyle's third film about a big bag of money falling into the hands of unsuspecting people. In Shallow Grave, the roomates decide to hide the body of the moneys owner. It is a dark character driven piece on the evils of money. In Trainspotting, the money is from a drug deal which leads to the salvation of one character at the expense of the helpless and hopeless other characters. It is money as the salvation of the few.
Millions reminds me a lot of Groundhog Day. If you liked that movie, I think you will like this one.
It is a couple weeks before England adopts the Euro as its only currency. A man and his sons move out of their run-down townhouse and into a bright new, generic subdivision next to the traintracks. It's one of those planned neighborhoods that could be in Boulder Colorodo, Mississauga Ontario, or Redmond New Jersey. While playing in his box-fort (from made from the moving boxes) by the traintracks, a big bag of money falls from the sky and lands in the lap of the youngest son (he is about 8). His older brother (11) find out about the money. Their strategies for what to do with it are different. The youngest wants to give it to poor people. The oldest wants to buy all the latest toys, and buys a posse of friends which likens him to the president of the united states with an entorage of sunglasses wearing 11 year old secret service men. Of course the owner of the money, a criminal, comes looking for his ₤230,000. It's not hard to find out who has it. Things go from there.
The movie is told like a quasi-real fable (Ground Hog day meets Amelie). It's a bit obvious, a bit sappy (I mean it really wears its heart and mind on its sleeve), very very visual and of course not realistic at all. The youngest son literally talks to famous catholic saints equipped with halos and often smoking cigarettes. By all rights I should not have liked this film. But it works in nearly every single frame. (for the third time I will reference Ground Hog day!)
It's a feel good family film which is far far edgier than anthing made in North America. Tough to do. I will be recommending this to everyone (yes you will be sick of me doing so, but nah nah nah!)


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