Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours Creates Tension By Prolonging The Inevitable


Here’s the trailer for the upcoming Danny Boyle film 127 Hours, starring James Franco. The film is based on the true story of Aron Ralston, a mountain-climber and all-around thrill seeker who got his arm trapped under a rock during a climb in an isolated part of Utah. *SPOILERS FOR REAL LIFE* After being trapped for 127 hours, Ralston was forced to amputate his own arm using the dull blade of a multi-tool. Now if that won’t make for a tension-ratchetting movie, I don’t know what will! The whole film is just going to be building towards him having to cut off his arm! If this was being directed by someone other than Danny Boyle, I wouldn’t be half as interested, but I think Boyle will be able to turn this into a harrowing and amazing cinematic experience. Between this, last year’s Moon, and the Ryan Reynolds film Buried, it seems like we’re at the start of a run of one-man movies. And you know, that’s just fine by me. I think restrictions like only having one actor carrying a movie can result in some excellent and creative films, and the fact that they can be shot on a lower budget than most movies means that it’s easier to get them made. And if the awesome Moon is anything to go on, these kinds of films can be just as entertaining, if not more, than a lot of the big-budget ensemble cast extravaganazas that Hollywood puts out.

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