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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2010: Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours

When Renton was boxed in a flat for de-tox, we had narration and a zippy soundtrack to keep us company, but here, Boyle plans to give the film the silent treatment in the first 60. I’ve got no concerns as to if Boyle will succeed in the visual treatment of the story, but it’ll be interesting how he approaches the whole man vs. nature and life vs. death aspects via a James Franco who’ll have to express his inner thoughts beyond grimaces. The most talked about scene of the year might be in this pic when the major decision of body disfigurement is made.

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#91. 127 Hours

Director: Danny Boyle
Writer(s): Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
Producers: Christian Colson
Distributor: Fox Searchlight.

The Gist: This is based on the true story of mountaineer Aron Ralston, whose right forearm got pinned for nearly five days under a boulder during a climb in Utah in May 2003. He used a dull knife to amputate the limb, then scaled a 65-foot sheer wall and hiked out before running into a family that gave him water and food. He was finally rescued by helicopter.….(more)

Cast: James Franco and the great outdoors.

Why is it on the list?: When Renton was boxed in a flat for de-tox, we had narration and a zippy soundtrack to keep us company, but here, Boyle plans to give the film the silent treatment in the first 60. I’ve got no concerns as to if Boyle will succeed in the visual treatment of the story, but it’ll be interesting how he approaches the whole man vs. nature and life vs. death aspects via a James Franco who’ll have to express his inner thoughts beyond grimaces. The most talked about scene of the year might be in this pic when the major decision of body disfigurement is made. 

Release Date/Status?: No panic situation for Fox Searchlight this year. If production does indeed begin shortly in March, then they’ll have the chance to opt in for a December release.

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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