Directed by: Danny Boyle
Written by: Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Aron Ralston (book)
Starring: James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, and Sean Bott
Aron Ralston cut his own arm off to escape a boulder that pinned him against a canyon wall. That much we know. The rest, drawn from his hallucinatory recounting in his autobiography and combined with some creative liberties from a passionate filmmaker, is a story waiting to be told.
It’s interesting to think how certain directors would handle different source material. A story like this could tell how Aron recovered after his ordeal, or it could show his ordeal. If you’re looking for the gooey easy way out, the former is your best bet, but Danny Boyle isn’t going for the easy way out.