Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, directed by Danny Boyle
Screening at FACT from 27th May - 16th June
Millions is a major departure for Danny Boyle, director of Trainspotting.
You can't accuse him of being typecast!
This amusing film, starring nine-year-old Anthony (Leon McGibbon) and
seven-year-old Damien (Alex Etol) would be an ideal choice for Christmas
Day afternoon television - and that is not being disrepectful to the production.
Mainly set in Liverpool and Widnes, Damien, while playing in his cardboard
box by a railway line, discovers a large bag stuffed full of money, valued
at over £200,000, which formed part of a train robbery. Damian,
obsessed by saints, thinks it is a gift from God.
After telling his brother about the money, they are unsure what to do
with the cash.
In regard to spending it they have a problem in that Britain is due,
within the next two weeks, to switch over to the Euro - pound notes and coins
currently used will become worthless.
There are a number of comical sequences, sometimes a little bit too twee
for my taste, but I liked the visitation to Damien of various saints,
as well as a pot smoking nun, who conversed with him about his discovery
of the money.
Boyle was perhaps trying to pinpoint, although it is not an original
message, that money corrupts, and we live in an age where the accumulation
of material possessions is people's primary purpose in life.
The soundtrack is surprisingly good for a children's film, and includes
two tracks by Muse.
If this film had been set in France and featured French children, this
visually appealing and unusual film would be acknowledged as a minor
classic. Instead it has been given a thumbs down by a lot of critics,
which is harsh.