Moving to a new house, Damian (Etel) builds himself a den next
to the train tracks in the field next to the estate. While watching a train
go by, a huge bag falls from the sky and almost destroys the den. Opening
it, Damian discovers that it is full of money. Telling his brother Anthony,
the pair has to come up with a plan of what to do with because there is only
fourteen days left before the UK switches to the Euro and the money will no
longer be legal tender.
Once in a while a film comes along that takes you totally by
surprise and 'Millions' is one of those movies.
Director Danny Boyle, who is best known for his more adult orientated
movies like 'Trainspotting', '28 Days Later' and 'Shallow Grave', moves into
the family picture genre and produces a real gem. A simple story about what
brothers would do if they found a huge bag of money is given the Danny Boyle
visual touch to turn this into an excellent feel good movie.
Here we have Damien and Anthony, boys who have recently lost
their mother and both with differing opinions on what they should do with
the money. Damien knows everything about Saints, having been convinced that
his mother will become one, so he wants to give the money to the poor or charities.
Anthony uses the cash to gain influence in his new school but still wants
to do good with their gains. Neither of them wants to get caught however as
they only have fourteen days to decide what they want to do because of the
Euro change over that renders the pound redundant. This premise opens the
story up to many a fun moment but Doyle injects his usual slice of darkness
by creating a character that wants the money back.
Bringing this heart-warming and uplifting story to life are
two extremely good performances by two up and coming new stars. Alex Etel
and Lewis Owen McGibbon are exceptional as Damien and Anthony. Etel lights
up the screen as Damien, the boy who can only see the good in people who gets
advice from Saints about life and his dilemma over the money. McGibbon is
also extremely good as Anthony, the older brother who just happens to be a
wiz with money. The pair together drive the film, captivating you from the
off and drawing you into their incredible story.
The support is also good. Jimmy Nesbitt is as good as ever as
the boys father Ronnie, even though his role is quite small. Daisy Donavan
makes the transition from comedic TV presenter to actress very well as Ronnie
new girlfriend, Dorothy. There is also a scene stealing performance from Pearce
Quigley, as the hilarious Community Policeman.
'Millions' is an excellent example of a feel good family film.
Danny Boyle proves again that he is an extremely gifted filmmaker, whatever
the genre he inhabits, by creating a movie that will put a smile on your face
for a very long time.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
sound, the movie is presented very well.
Director Danny Boyle and writer Frank Cotterell Boyce come together to talk
about bringing 'Millions' to the silver screen. The pair talks about the
influences behind the story and the Pound-Euro subplot that drives the film.
They also talk about the casting of the adult and child actors for the movie,
highlighting the extensive search they went through to find Damien and Anthony.
This is a chatty and fun commentary from two men very invested in the film.
DVD Cut down (3.48 mins)
Watch a specially edited version of the entire movie set to music in just
under four minutes.
Theatrical trailer and TV spots (3.10 mins)
The full trailer and three TV advertisements for the cinematic release of
Deleted Scenes (29.03 mins)
Entitled 'Keegan's punch', 'Vat man', 'Damien's dream, Anthony's nightmare',
'Loft Saints', 'Shushhhhhh', 'Duffel and wallpaper', 'The applicants', 'Chuggers'
and 'Raw Attic, these deleted and extended scenes are good but with a commentary
track or introduction we don't know why they were removed.
Behind the scenes (13.26 mins)
Director Danny Boyle, writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, producer Graham Broadbent
and stars Alexander Etel, Lewis Owen McGibbon, James Nesbitt, Daisy Donovan
and Christopher Fulford take you behind the scenes of 'Millions'. The group
talk about the story and the characters, revealing the mix of reality and
fantasy. They also talk about the spirit of the films and what the cast
brought to the characters. This is a better than average making of… with
the group talking very frankly and enthusiastically about the film.
Auditions (10.52 mins)
Watch a montage of footage from the auditions to find Damien and Anthony
as the kids get asked 'What do you want to be when you grow up?', 'What
is the naughtiest thing you have ever done?', 'What's the most money you
can think of ?', 'What would you do if you found a million pounds?' and
'Have you heard of the film Trainspotting?'.
Badgered (7.06 mins)
A short film chosen by director Danny Boyle to showcase new British talents,
this is Sharon Colman's graduation film about a how a badger comes into
contact with the nuclear arms race.
Water (1.37 mins)
A promotional advertisement that showcases the charity that Damien chose
in the film.
Previews of 'Oliver Twist', 'The Perfect Catch' and 'Fantastic Four'
This is an excellent single-disc presentation for Danny Boyle's excellent
feel good movie. The making of… is good, the commentary is fun and informative
and the rest of the extra features are first rate. Fans of the movie will
be very pleased with this release.