May 26, 2017

Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” targets early November release date

By Sean O’Connell Danny Boyle’s follow up to his Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” has a release date.

“127 Hours,” a based-on-a-true-story feature about mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco) and his remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah will open wide on Nov. 5, according to a release sent by Fox Searchlight.

The drama also stars Clemence Poesy, Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara as strangers Ralston reflects on during his time in isolation.

Right now, “127 Hours” has some awards buzz, given that it’s Boyle’s first film since “Slumdog,” and it teams him, once again, with “Slumdog” screenwriter Simon Beaufoy. But we won’t know for sure its Oscar chances until we see some footage … a trailer, an exclusive clip, or — perish the thought — the film, itself.

For now, a release date will hold us over until Boyle and Franco take us up the mountain for what sounds like a harrowing ride.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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