THR reports that Danny Boyle's follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire might make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 9 – 19th.
127 Hours is written by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy. The film tells the story of Aron Ralston (James Franco), the mountain climber who had to amputate his own arm with a dull knife after a 2003 hiking accident. The film has two cinematographers and reportedly very little dialogue. James Franco, Clemence Poesy, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara and Lizzy Caplan star.
127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.
The Film Stage states that in telling the true story of a climber who is forced to amputate his arm after being trapped for five days, Boyle and James Franco certainly do a lot with a little. The cinematography by Boyle regular Anthony Dod Mantle and Enrique Chediak is beautiful and inventive. The score by Slumdog Millionaire composer A.R Rahman is strong as are a few well selected pop songs. The presence of supporting players is kept to a minimum as Franco aptly commandeers what is essentially a one man movie. The intensity of his situation is tempered by a good sense of humor, including a wonderful reference to Scorsese’s The King of Comedy.
Early screenings suggest the film will be a solid intense drama and a film that will shine come awards season.
Here's a video from the New York Times in which Aron Ralston recounts his ordeal:
* * *Source: TheMovieTrailer, Collider, THR, IMDB, Wikipedia,