Director: Danny Boyle
Synopsis: A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.
I went into the cinema with high hopes after seeing the trailer to this film and being a fan of the director’s previous work. I did however have my reservations though, as I wasn’t a huge fan of James Franco. The last film I saw him in was Eat, Pray, Love, and from my review of that film (here), I was interested and intrigued to see how he could carry a film in a leading role.
He does an extraordinary job in keeping the audience captivated and entertained throughout the 94 minutes. The exhilarating and invigorating adventure he takes us through is beautiful, and the climax where his has to detach himself form the boulder is painful to watch, but in your heart you cheer him on, because you’ve been there from the beginning and seen what he’s gone through.
The film overall is astounding from the beginning with striking cut shots and wonderful backdrop.
The music furthermore establishes A.R. Rahman as more then a one trick pony, and sends the film in to a class of its own.
A sure thing for the Oscar’s? Maybe just maybe, it will definitely be up there and could be a dark horse. An unsafe subject for the director has paid off, and this is another hit for Danny Boyle.
Definitely worth a watch, you’d be silly not to, entertaining and fun, exciting and isolating, go watch.