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The Journey with Jesus: Film Reviews

Film Reviews by Dan Clendenin

Millions (2004)Millions (2004)—British

In this British Christmas family film two brothers face an ethical dilemma when a sack containing 229,000 British pounds falls off a train and into their lives. Their problem is urgent, too, because within a week the British pound will convert to Euros and their windfall will turn worthless. Of course, there are also dark characters with designs on the money. The older Anthony (age 9) prefers investing, or maybe currency speculation, while his younger brother Damian (age 7) believes that the money is a gift from God and so he wants to help the poor. Damian has memorized the dates and lives of many Christian saints, and even speaks with them, and as the film unfolds we begin to realize that he is a saint himself. But money is only one of their problems. Their lonely, widower father has moved the family to a sterile suburb and a new school, and Damian especially misses his deceased mother. Perhaps she too is a saint he can contact? Is she OK beyond the grave? Don't be fooled; this is a sophisticated film with special effects that you could view several times to understand and contemplate.