High-end art auctioneer Simon (James
McAvoy) cues us in to the ins and outs of the security necessary to
protect near-priceless works of art from the would-be thugs out there
with enough “muscle and nerve” to dare to burst into an auction house
and steal a painting.
Danny Boyle's '127 Hours' is another intriguing entry in the 54-year-old British director's diverse, rapidly expanding collection of films. Since his impressive mid-1990s one-two breakthrough of 'Shallow Grave' and 'Trainspotting,' Boyle has tried his hand at a number of genres, the sign of an adventurous filmmaker eager to take on new challenges. He discusses his career and '127 Hours' with CityBeat.
'127 Hours' is based on mountain climber Aron Ralston's memoir about his
misadventure in Utah's Canyonlands National Park where he became
trapped by a boulder and was forced to cut off his own arm in order to save his life. Boyle has fun playing with the challenge of presenting such a tale by compressing time with things like dream sequences that mirror Ralston's warped mental state that floated in while trapped in the middle of the desert. Grade: A.
I'll skip the diatribe about how the year in movies has been so far. It sucks. Let's look forward. The second half of the year brings everything from film festival favorites and art house Oscar bait to documentaries and big-budget blockbusters.
The world's second-largest city, with 13.6 million people, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is an industrious booming place: a financial, media and glamour center for all of Asia but home to sectarian violence, as the world recently saw. 'Slumdog Millionaire' shows a Mumbai that's hard-edged and fast-moving yet also influenced by happy Bollywood romantic melodramas.