films seen
14
average score
3.46*
nationality
UK - 64 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Not a director who can be pinned down to a single style or genre, but almost everything Boyle tries seems to come out well. One of the UK's most prominent contemporary directors, sporting an oeuvre full of pleasant surprises.

Rare treats

Trainspotting

by Danny Boyle
Specifics
UK [1996] - 94m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Trainspotting poster

Boyle's breakthrough film is pretty crude and edgy, but it's also a cinematic wonderland about a bunch of drug-craving friends, drenched in thick accents.

Slumdog Millionaire

by Danny Boyle
Specifics
UK [2008] - 120m
Genre
Crime
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Slumdog Millionaire poster

Slumdog Millionaire works on all levels. While it starts off as a light drama it ends as a pure feel-good film and has no trouble making it work.

The good stuff

Sunshine

by Danny Boyle
Specifics
UK [2007] - 107m
Genre
Sci-fi, Horror
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Sunshine poster

Sunshine is a superb example of how genre cinema can be elevated when the hand of an author is added to the mix, though ever so slightly.

28 Days Later...

by Danny Boyle
Specifics
UK [2002] - 113m
Genre
Horror
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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28 Days Later... poster

Danny Boyle's early 00 horror film that helped to breathe new life into the zombie genre. The crappy DV quality of the film is inescapable, but within those confines Boyle created a tense, sharp and engaging little horror film that still stands proud.

T2 Trainspotting

by Danny Boyle
Specifics
UK [2017] - 117m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
T2 Trainspotting poster

T2 Trainspotting is a damn good companion piece to the first film.

A Life Less Ordinary

by Danny Boyle
Specifics
UK, USA [1997] - 103m
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Fantasy, Crime
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
A Life Less Ordinary poster

Shallow Grave

by Danny Boyle
Specifics
UK [1994] - 89m
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Solid pieces

Trance

by Danny Boyle
Specifics
UK, USA [2013] - 101m
Genre
Mystery, Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Trance poster

What does a famed director do when he's asked to direct the opening ceremony of the Olympics, but feels a little bored in between? Why he just shoots another film of course, and that's exactly what Danny Boyle set out to do. The result? Trance. A modern, slick and fast-paced mind bender sprinkled with a moderate but pleasing touch of Boyle's magic.

Even though at its core Trance is a very British film, Boyle assembled quite an international cast. James McAvoy takes up the lead role (and seems to act as a direct replacement for Ewan McGregor), Vincent Cassel shines as one of the main bad guys and Rosario Dawson flutters in between these two without a clear sense of moral. They form a strong trio, giving a little extra shine to a rather tepid and tested background story. Boyle's Trance misses the urgency, tension and mystery of a truly engaging mind/clusterfuck, but makes up for that in other departments.

Visually there's a lot to enjoy here. The ultramodern setting is captured beautifully, with lots of attention to color, lighting and reflections. The soundtrack is pretty interesting too, typical Boyle material blending rock and dance music, timed to perfection. Add some unexpected gory bits and a lack of general prudeness and you have a pretty slick thriller that waltzes through its 90 minutes.

It's a shame Boyle loses it a little in between the highlights, as he never truly succeeds in gelling everything together. The climax too is a little underwhelming, but the actual ending is strong and there are more than enough memorable scenes to make this worth your time. It's not Boyle at his best, but for a film that was conceived as filler it's a lot better than I expected it to be.

127 Hours

by Danny Boyle
Specifics
USA, UK [2010] - 94m
Genre
Thriller, Adventure
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
127 Hours poster

The Beach

by Danny Boyle
Specifics
USA, UK [2000] - 119m
Genre
Romance, Thriller, Adventure
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Beach poster

The inoffensive

Yesterday

by Danny Boyle
Specifics
UK [2019] - 116m
Genre
Romance, Fantasy, Music
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Yesterday poster

Fine but safe romantic fantasy that has an interesting premise, but doesn't do a whole lot with it. People hoping to see some of the old Boyle magic will be slightly disappointed, apart from Patel the casting is a little weak and the film has trouble making the premise 100% convincing. It's not a bad film, but with the material at hand it could and should have been better.

Millions

by Danny Boyle
Specifics
UK [2004] - 98m
Genre
Comedy, Crime, Family
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Millions poster

Dubious filler

Steve Jobs

by Danny Boyle
Specifics
UK, USA [2015] - 122m
Genre
Drama, Biography
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Steve Jobs poster

Big nopes

Strumpet

by Danny Boyle
Specifics
UK [2001] - 72m
Genre
Comedy
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Strumpet poster