Danny Boyle's "Millions" received rave reviews when it came to the U.S., for whatever reason. A good but not great little drama, "Millions" is imaginative but at times annoying - although it probably doesn't help that I watched it at 2:30 a.m. on an airplane.
"Millions" follows the adventures of a young boy who is regarded by most, including his older brother, as a bit strange, since he has an active imagination and tends to see dead saints. When a bag full of cash flies off a train and lands in front of him, he thinks the money has come from God and that God wants him to use it to help poor people. His older brother has other ideas, however, and a battle between the two ensues as they begin to use the money in two very different ways. They get into deeper trouble when the thief who stole the cash in the first place shows up, looking for it back.
The movie is fairly entertaining and always interesting, as director Boyle has injected unique visual effects into what could have been an ordinary story to take it to the next level. The good-natured morality story and creative visuals make "Millions" worth watching, though it doesn't succeed on every level. While the acting is generally quite good, the main character is downright annoying. The young kid who plays the lead is quite good, but that doesn't change the fact that I wanted to hit him upside the head in just about every scene.
"Millions" is a fun little movie that comes recommended, but it isn't anything spectacular. Of course, it probably doesn't help that I watched it while stuck on a 14 hour plane flight, but that argument is for another day...
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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