There was a bit of drama on screen and off Sunday night at the Toronto International Film Festival. An audience member had to run for the exits while watching 127 Hours. It’s that powerful.
The film, directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) tells the story of Aron Ralston, the hiker who got caught into a Utah chasm while hiking. I’m a little perplexed at the faint-hearted audience member. It’s not as if we all didn’t realize what was about to happen to Ralston (expertly played by James Franco). But then again, the movie is pretty overwhelming.
And when the lights came up at the end of the premiere, the real-life Ralston stood with Franco to an eruption of good will. Pretty emotional stuff. This is Franco’s ticket to the Oscars.