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TIFF ’10: Lengthy delay almost derails Danny Boyle’s stunning ‘127 Hours’

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Danny Boyle handled the situation about as well as he possibly could.

“I have to stand before you and apologize for the delay,” the Oscar-winning director told a disgruntled crowd who’d gathered in the Scotiabank Saturday afternoon to watch Boyle’s latest, “127 Hours.” More than an hour after the scheduled start time, we were still waiting to be seated in a theater, let alone for the movie to start.

Boyle, improvising

The delay, we eventually learned, was tied to technical problems at Roy Thompson Hall. It affected Scotiabank, and Boyle’s screening. You just had to feel bad for the director as he stood — helpless — near a feisty crowd, wringing his hands and conferring with TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey.

Bailey, investigating

In time, half of the gathered crowd had been seated in a nearby (smaller) house, and Boyle addressed the crowd before the movie launched.

“I look forward to all of your ‘127 Hours’ jokes,” Boyle said. “I’m sure you have been sharpening those as you waited.”

It was one of the few laughs of the afternoon, as Boyle’s harrowing drama unfolded, and worked its challenging spell over a rapt audience. I’ll have more on “127 Hours” tomorrow, when I have time to write. But it is visceral. It’s a challenge for Boyle, which he more than meets. It’s an endurance test for the audience, which packs a thoroughly exhilarating finale that had my heart soaring. I loved it. Tomorrow, I’ll attempt to tell you why.

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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 FilmCritic.com, 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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