Millions (2005)


Critic Consensus: A charming children fable even adults can enjoy.


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In just seven days' time Britain converts to the Euro. It's the biggest opportunity the criminal world has ever had. When a railway heist goes wrong and an enormous bag of money falls from the sky into the hands of Damian and Anthony, there's only one thing to do--spend it like there's no tomorrow.

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[A] delightfully wise and surprisingly heartwarming morality tale.

Apr 8, 2005 | Rating: 5/5

Millions offers a deft mixture of reality and fantasy in unexpected places.

Apr 2, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

There's grief here. And greed. But happiness, humor and hope as well.

Apr 1, 2005 | Rating: B+

A charming cash cow with cute twists to its tale.

Apr 1, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

Leaves you feeling rich -- and richly satisfied.

Apr 1, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

The best movie of the new year.

Mar 24, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for Millions

In this dramedy from Danny Boyle, we get the story of young Damian Cunningham- a precocious child who, along with his older brother and recently widowed father, have moved to the suburbs to start over. During the process, Damian comes across a huge stash of cash from a gym bag that literally falls out of the sky. Less concerned with where it came from, and more worried about how to spend it, Damian ultimately decides to try to spend it more altruistically, a task easier said than done considering he's trying to keep it a secret from his dad as well as avoid a mysterious man out to claim the money for himself. Considering this is a kid friendly family film, it might seem odd that it's from Danny Boyle, but it actually fits into his oeuvre quite nicely, especially since it shares the theme of greed with some of his other films. Plus, the idea of someone known for making hard edged film then doing a 180 is not that new, with David Lynch being a great example. I do like this though. Quite a bit actually. It's fun, quirky, whimsical, and very heart warming. Even odd little touches like Damian talking to saints doesn't seem to stick out, and very much feels at home. The film has Boyle's usual flair for energy and drive, and it has some pretty neat artistic touches throughout. The music is quite nice, and I liked how it sometimes reminded me of Danny Elfman's score for Edward Scissorhands. It's also shot and edited pretty well, but that's probably to be expected. You should give this a look. It's a family film that has kids in mind, but it's well meaning, has a great message, and is done very well, so it actually makes sense why it should be recommended.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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Yes, it's a children's film, so I'm probably not the best one to judge, but does it have to be this sentimental? 'Millions' is nauseatingly absurd; a Christian tale that had me on the verge of tears by the closing sequence,and not the kind soppy mothers would have. Damian is a precocious little brat who absorbs himself in history books, one day being presented with a large bag of cash that has fallen from a passing train. It is at this moment that the Christian nonsense starts, the virtuous little git giving it away to what he labels 'poor people'. This is all complicated when the dubious owner of the money is revealed, Damian stating that it's 'wrong' to utilise money that's 'not theirs'. It is Damian's good but annoyingly ignorant will that serves as one of my main vexations of the film. There are many sequences that are shot in signature Boyle style; vibrant, fast and technical. I've never much cared for this however, in Boyle's work and in others', it is often excessive and out to impress, and ultimately is often compensating for the film's weaknesses in narrative. This certainly applies to 'Millions'. The film is slushy nonsense, but the aforementioned finale reaches heights I rarely experience; it is so predictable and reprehensibly maudlin. Ultimately, the unoriginal, implausible premise and the horrifying melodrama that follows ultimately make this film a prolonged bore. I cannot understand why a grown adult would want to make a film like this, especially one of Danny Boyle's calibre; then again, he did direct Slumdog Millionaire...

Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins

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From the bloke who brought you 28 Days Later, that violent zombie classic, Sunshine, that violent space classic, comes another film that is still a classic, but not violent, like most of his other films... Millions is the story about the UK switching to the Euro. Damien is a kid who likes saints amongst other things; when he moves house after him mum died, he builds a cardboard box house by the trains, only for it to be crushed by a bag. A bag full of money that was going to be burnt. What then ensues is a very funny, entertaining and nice story about what he and his brother then decide to do with the money. Lots of funny moments, serious moments, as well as a looming threat and a sinister undertone that soon becomes evident, make this film such a great film for the whole family. Even if you are not into family films, this one is at least worth a shot. It does have some quite serious moments that do come through and capture the child in many of us all...

BG Movie Reviews 2011
BG Movie Reviews 2011

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Five saints, two boys and millions of pounds! The countdown is on. Good movie! What would you have done with the money eh? This has Danny Boyle written all over it. Great story very original too. The film focuses on two brothers, Damian, and his older brother, Anthony. Both brothers have differences in personalities. Anthony is more focused on money and how much things cost. These matters are of no concern to Damian, who since the death of their mother, has been an admirer of saints, persons who have done good deeds and acquired sainthood. Secretly, Damian feels that his mother may be one. After moving to a new housing development, Damian scavenges the cardboard boxes from the move, and creates a small fort. One day, as a high-speed train thunders past, a duffel bag filled with money smashes into the fort. Believing the money to be from God, Anthony shows his brother. With their newfound wealth, both boys secretly begin to use it for different purposes. Anthony uses it to purchase things and to buy attention from others in school. Damian takes what he can, and tries to help other with it, even going so far as to treat some homeless people to pizza. One day, Damian sees a man down by the train tracks, looking for something. When Damian asks the man if he's poor, the man replies in an affirmative, and Damian rushes back to the house for some money. Instead, Anthony accompanies Damian, and gives the man a jar full of coins. Anthony afterwards lectures Damian for being careless. Another issue arises, in that within several days, the United Kingdom will convert British pounds into the Euro, the currency used throughout much of Europe. Anthony attempts to deposit what they have into a bank, but they cannot start an account without an adult present. One day, a woman named Dorothy visits the school, hoping to collect donations from the children to build wells for people in Africa. The robotic 'bin' that she remote controls eventually head to Damian, who inserts 1000 pounds. Afterwards, one of Anthony's classmates reveals to Damian and Anthony of a daring robbery, in which several men secretly snuck aboard a train transporting old pound notes to be burned. The men had been depositing packages of these bills along the train route, and were being picked up by different men. Damian finally realises where the sack of money came from, but has little time to think of this when he is called to the headteacher's office. The headteacher calls in Anthony and their father to discuss the 1000 pound donation. Anthony fabricates a story that they stole the money from some neighbouring Mormons. The issue is further complicated when their father ends up speaking to Dorothy, who requests his services to fix her robotic 'bin.' Dorothy catches the boys trying to take the extra money to be deposited, and Anthony covers by saying they are taking part in the school's Christmas play. From this moment on, Anthony keeps the twin duffel bags of cash close to them. It is during the performance that Damian sees the man he had seen previously down by the railway tracks. Fearing for his life, Damian leaves the school, taking the bags of money with him, and goes to their family's old house, of which he still has a key. Damian hides in the attic, thinking he's safe. Suddenly, the attic's door is flung open, and his father and Anthony appear. Damian does not explain about the 'poor man,' but finally comes clean to their Dad about the money they found, explaining how he thought it was 'from God.' Returning to their home, they find it ransacked (most likely by the 'poor man'). It is then that the boy's Dad decides to spend what's left of the money. Damian strongly protests that it isn't right since it isn't their money, but their Dad insists that since they have been burgled, it's only fair that it be put to use to fix their Christmas. Damian goes to sleep, upset at his Dad's plans, but before he goes to sleep, the attic hatch opens in his room, and the 'poor man' emerges, who had been hiding in the house the entire time, insisting to Damian that he will return tomorrow to collect the money, before sneaking out of the house. The next day, along with Dorothy, who they let in on the secret, the family goes into town, and after exchanging all the pound notes for Euros, spend what they can, but not all of the money. The family and Dorothy celebrate later on, though Anthony grows angered when it appears that Dorothy and their Dad are getting more and more close. Anthony then blames Damian for this happening. Damian, confused and still upset over the money, leaves the house with the duffelbags. Once he has done so, a number of people show up at their home, asking their Dad for donations and handouts. Meanwhile, the 'poor man' is caught sneaking into the house by the police. Damian takes the bags to the nearby train tracks, and sets the remaining cash on fire. As a speeding train comes by, a woman appears on the other side of the tracks. Damian immediately identifies her as his mum, and insists that even though he knows she's not real, he still is glad to see her. The image of his mum gives Damian some worldly advice, and to his ears, explains that she has become a saint, and that her miracle was him. As they embrace, Anthony appears nearby, and for a brief moment, sees the vision before it disappears. The next day, Damian reveals what he did...though it is also revealed that everyone else hoarded a little of the money, and it was not all destroyed. The film ends in a fantasy-like vision where Damian, Anthony, their Dad, and Dorothy, travel to Africa, where the remaining funds are used for Dorothy's charity of building wells for villages.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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