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London Film Festival reviews: Boyle, Coppola, Mandelson

By Duncan Brown  

Danny Boyle has invented a new genre with his latest film: feelgood revulsion

Some films make you cry, others make you feel like fainting, but they seldom manage to do both at the same time. That is what makes Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours special. The story is Aron Ralston’s (James Franco), a climber who cut off his right arm after five days trapped under a boulder. Boyle recreates it in gruesome detail, amputation and all, but this isn’t Werner Herzog-style “ordeal-porn”—it’s a glossy digital remaster of the…

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