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Life on planet Boyle

Danny Boyle's belief in the articulacy of imagery makes him rare, though not unique, among British directors. His trippy films delight in moments of rapture—from which he finds it hard to come down.

By Mark Cousins   June 2007

I went to see Danny Boyle’s science fiction film Sunshine in April. Immediately, I was back on planet Boyle. One of the first images is a canted, off-angle close-up of a white T-shirt and sideways lips. It tracks leftwards and upwards to dark glasses, reflecting an intense orange light. Some reviewers found the film derivative, but here, before questions of genre or story kicked in, was a fresh image. As I watched, I could feel Boyle’s passion for pictorial novelty, his belief in the articulacy of imagery. No British director of his generation has held up such a kaleidoscope to…

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