Danny Boyle: My film plots are 'the same'

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Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 award-winning British drama film directed by Danny Boyle. An adaptation of the novel "Q & A" by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup, the movie's plot revolves around a young man named Jamal Malik. Upon appearing on the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", Jamal surprises everyone including the show host by continually getting questions right. This leads to him being hauled away for interrogation. Looking back on his childhood in the Juhu slums of Mumbai, Jamal must recall the experiences that gave him the answers to each question.
April 3rd, 2013

Danny Boyle says 'Slumdog Millionaire' and '127 Hours' are ''the same film''.

The 'Trainspotting' director admits his latest efforts, including his most recent production, 'Trance', all bear striking resemblances to each other because they feature similar themes about memory and a main character who always overcomes a seemingly impossible task.

He said: ''All the films I've made are the same film, I have to admit that.

''They're all about a character - usually a bloke - who faces insurmountable odds and overcomes them.

''If you think about it, 'Slumdog Millionaire', the guy in '127 Hours', they're the same film. Don't tell anyone!''

While memories feature heavily in 'Slumdog' and '127 Hours', Boyle insists 'Trance' takes on a slightly different approach in that the film portrays recollections wreaking ''havoc and destruction'' instead of being used in a positive light.

He added in an interview with Nuts magazine: ''The last three films I've done have all been about memories. In 'Slumdog Millionaire', memory was a good fortune to Dev Patel.

''In '127 Hours', where he cuts his arm off, memories save him. This is more about how memories can wreak havoc and destruction.''