Currently Oscar-nominated for best picture and best actor, "Slumdog Millionaire" director and co-screenwriter Danny Boyle's true and thoroughly engrossing drama boasts a bravura performance by James Franco as Aron Ralston, a carefree climber who faces the challenge of his life when an accident leaves his arm pinned by a boulder.
He makes a drastic decision not for the weak of stomach to witness. Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara play other climbers he encounters before his ordeal begins. DVD extras: audio commentary by Boyle, co-screenwriter Simon Beaufoy and producer Christian Colson. **** (R: P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times