Thursday, September 16, 2010
127 HOURS TRAILER - NEW 'GRUESOME' DANNY BOYLE MOVIE
A cinema-goer had a seizure and three others fainted after watching a gruesome amputation scene during a screening of Danny Boyle's new film 127 Hours - with one critic calling it the most shocking audience reaction since The Exorcist.Many walked out of the screening at the Toronto Film Festival rather than keep watching as James Franco cuts off his own arm with a blunt penknife. The real-life story sees the actor play climber Aron Ralston, who resorts to desperate measures after his arm becomes trapped by a boulder in a canyon in Utah. During the film's first public screening three people reportedly fainted and one person suffered a seizure. And film critics who watched the film have expressed their shock at the scenes. Kaleem Aftab from The Independent described how Boyle used computer-generated shots in the horrific scene. "He uses a blunt knife, which Boyle shows picking at the ligaments that still attach his arm to his body." "Computer-generated shots take us under the skin, where we see the blade knocking against the bone as it saws through his muscle and fat. "In a film defined by scenes of breathtaking exhilaration, it is the only scene from which viewers might wish to avert their eyes."
The Wrap's movie critic John Foote said many cinema-goers looked as if they were in shock. "I cannot remember a reaction to a film like this in a very long time, perhaps not since The Exorcist sent audiences scurrying for the doors. "At the screening, once again there were several mad dashes to the door when these scenes came on, and more than a few moviegoers were looking anywhere but at the screen. "You could clearly see people in shock, struggling to stay in their seats, working to get past the intensity of what was going on in front of them." Despite this, Boyle, Ralston and Franco received a standing ovation after the screening. The film, which is Boyle's follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire, is based on Ralston's memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place.