A subversive fable from one of the UK's most engaging filmmakers, Millions sees director Danny Boyle transform a kiddie movie into a painfully accurate portrait of British consumerism. Sweet but never sickly, it's the story of Damian (Alex Etel), a seven-year-old schoolboy who finds a sack of stolen sterling. Prone to hilarious visions of saints, he's convinced it's a gift from God, but with Britain about to switch to the Euro his worldly-wise nine-year-old brother Anthony (Lewis McGibbon) knows they'll have to use it or lose it.
The £1000 donation to a school charity gets the kids' bereaved dad (James Nesbitt) in a fluster but at least it gets him romantically entwined with a local charity worker (Daisy Donovan). Meanwhile, Anthony's flashing cash around town and the gang who stole the wonga come looking for the loot...
"A CLEVER MORALITY TALE"
Playing some offbeat visual games (visitations from saints and an outlandish trip to the Third World), it's a precocious flick that will play best to adults not nippers. One glance at the past credits of screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce and its obvious the film's thoughtful edge isn't an accident: he previously penned Code 46 and 24 Hour Party People. Building into a clever morality tale about Britain's economic growth and our duty to others, it's Shallow Grave retold as a fairy tale for big kids everywhere. Gordon Brown will adore it.