Two years ago, Danny Boyle held the first public screening of "Slumdog Millionaire" at the Telluride Film Festival. The rest, as they say, is history. Boyle was determined to complete his new film, "127 Hours," in time for this year's festival, and it premiered to loud ovations -- and a few squeals of terror -- during the weekend.
Boyle knew he had a narrow window of opportunity to take advantage of the worldwide success of Slumdog, and he decided to tackle a risky piece of material, inspired by Aron Ralston's ordeal when he was trapped in a narrow canyon in 2003. This film has disturbingly graphic images, and it presents another challenge for audiences in that for most of the movie, we are confined in the canyon with just one actor, the remarkable James Franco. But Boyle is such a gifted director that he overcomes the obstacles and might even match the commercial success of his earlier Oscar winner.
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