British director Danny Boyle went gold with the no-holds-barred black comedy Trainspotting in 1996 and has never looked back. Perhaps what makes him unique is how unpredictable he was in choosing his projects, from space adventures and zombie apocalypse movies to epic dramas and even two biopics. Between some of his biggest hits, Boyle was making Millions, a heartfelt family film that escaped many.
It revolves around nine-year-old Damian (Alex Etel), a boy who always has his heart in the right place. He and his brother Anthony (Lewis Owen McGibbon) deal with their mother’s death when they discover a large bag of cash falling from a moving train. While his brother wants to use the money out of greed, Damian tries to find ways to use it to help those in need in increasingly effective ways. Struggling with the weight of such a responsibility, he consults with the saints, but as he begins to attract attention with his generosity, he finds himself in a troubled world.
Perhaps because the film doesn’t feature any big, marketable stars, or perhaps because of its simple, almost sugar-sweet premise, Millions seemed easy to forget. Still, the film is a tender, poignant, and wholesome moral story about love, faith, and forgiveness. Just because it’s a film the whole family can enjoy doesn’t make it any less than Boyle’s best.