Danny Boyle has come full circle (in a sense). Not since his first film, the terrific Shallow Grave, has dismemberment featured so largely in one of his movies.
127 Hours is of course the true story of Aron Ralston (played by James Franco), the mountain climber that was trapped alone for almost five days in a Utah canyon in 2003. Ralston's arm was pinned by a boulder, and he was forced to hack off the lower part of it to free himself.
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Amputation, it goes without saying, is universally disturbing. Self-amputation? Almost unthinkable. And apparently Boyle has crafted one hell of a shocker. At a screening of 127 Hours at the Telluride Film Festival, two audience members required medical attention, and another suffered a panic attack.
Unfortunately you don't have 127 hours to pick up your free pass for tonight's 8 p.m. screening at Edwards Greenway Palace (3839 Weslayan), and we're not going to make you ponder some obscure trivia question to obtain one. So just drop by the front desk at 1621 Milam and grab a pass.
After the jump, check out a clip of Boyle's first hack job.