James Franco, Danny Boyle show ‘127 Hours’ in 100 minutes at Telluride

HollywoodNews.com: Director Danny Boyle and star James Franco treated Telluride festival crowds to their new upcoming film “127 Hours” on Saturday.

Telluride is a special place for Boyle as it was the event that launched “Slumdog Millionaire’s” Oscar run two years ago. “127 Hours” is a survival tale about engineer/mountain climber Aron Ralston who cut off his own arm in an effort to free himself from the boulder that trapped him for five days in the Utah canyons.

Hollywood Reporter was marveled how Boyle threw the film together so quick having ended production in May. They exclaimed:

Boyle has jammed it with all manner of abrupt music cues, split screen eye candy and the usual verve he brings to sometimes static environments. (Before the show, Boyle joked that he actually didn’t get it done and instead we were all going to sit through the four-hour director’s cut of “A Life Less Ordinary”).

The screening was followed by a Q&A with Boyle and Franco. “It is something that we’re all capable of,” said Boyle about Ralston’s survival stamina.

Hollywood Reporter also noted:

The whole film is shot with Boyle’s typical exuberance, brightly burnt colors, bits of pitch black humor and cinematic invention. He constructs crucial shots from inside a slowly draining water bottle and even, when things get their most ugly, from within Ralston’s dying body.

Not to mention “127 Hours” is capped off by a nail-biting finale.

Slashfilm has already reviewed the film heralding it as “a brilliant, gut-wrenching and moving cinematic experience. The film will have you in tears one moment, laughing the next, and will leave you on the edge of your seat, gripping the armrests and holding your breath. “

“127 Hours” opens on November 5.


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