Chosen by: John C.
Release Date March 18th 2005 (Limited)
Rated PG for thematic elements, language, some peril and mild sensuality
Danny Boyle (dir.)
Alex Etel as Damian Cunningham
Lewis McGibbon as Anthony Cunningham
James Nesbitt as Ronnie Cunningham
Daisy Donovan as Dorothy
Jane Hogarth as Mum
Enzo Cilenti as St. Francis
Millions Review By John C.
**** (out of four)
When you finish watching Danny Boyle’s Millions, you know you have just seen something special. From the opening scene where a house is literally built before our eyes, you will be mesmerized right through to the end. Part of what makes the movie so special is the acting. The two young actors are amazing, and fit well with the adults around them. Alex Etel plays Damian Cunningham, who can name off any saint and tell you their date of birth and death and what they were patron saint of. So naturally, when a bag of money falls from the sky, he thinks it’s a gift from God, and wants to give it to the poor. His brother, Anthony (Lewis McGibbon), thinks they should spend it, and wants to use it to gain popularity at his school. The story is told through the eyes of Damian, as he has visions of various saints, and gets taken on a journey of having to decide what is right. If I had to make a list of my favorite films, Millions would have to be there. Partly because I love it, and partly because it wouldn’t feel right if it wasn’t there.