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127 Hours

A dramatic film directed by Danny Boyle, starring James Franco, and based on the true story of Aron Ralston who was trapped alone in the desert.

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127 Hours

  • Feb 17, 2011
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A true story, that had only started to fade from our memory was brought back to our attention by James Franco and Danny Boyle and is now up for a couple of awards. 127 Hours tells the story of Aron Ralston, a 27-year old climber, who trapped his right arm between a boulder and the wall of a small slot canyon in the vast Arizona desert. While your choice to go to this movie or to stay away may be based on the climax, you would be foolish to judge this movie on that scene alone.
 
When this story first emerged I doubt anyone thought to themselves, wow i can't wait for them to make a movie out of this. It's about a guy who is trapped in one spot for five days. How does one even make an interesting movie about that. Luckily for the audience Danny Boyle was brought into the fold, and he loves to use interesting landscapes, different camera angles, and many flashbacks.
 
It all starts with the script. James Franco's monologues seem so genuine, I have never been in a situation that I felt my life was in danger like Ralston, but I still find myself thinking and talking to myself in the same way as the protagonist. It speaks to the writers on just how realistic this all feels. His regrets, his joys, the moments in his life he kept reliving as he was put through hell, are all things anyone can relate to which makes the fear much more intense.
 
James Franco does a great job with the character. He leaves little doubt as to why he was nominated for an academy award. Franco uses his charm and enthusiasm to embody the climbers love of life and all things nature. But within the same film he is able to slow himself down and take a look inward as the character understands his own hubris and choices led him to this moment and this situation. It is a very sobering fact to realize that everything you have done has led you to the problems that face you. With nothing but time and his thoughts, Franco is really able to delve into the character's psyche and examine himself.
 
Even though it is the moment everyone in the theater is waiting the climax of the film takes up a relatively small amount of screen time. There have been much gorier scenes in movies past, what makes the scene is the knowledge that it actually happened. Even when screening this movie so late after its initial debut people were still wincing during the scene where he is breaking his own arm. While there are rumors of people passing out during the initial screenings, the scene is handled well. It does not look to overboard with the violence but really it is the way the scene is put together that makes you flex your own arm to make sure you still have the use of it.
 
The movie isn't just about being physically stuck, it's a psychological study of what one must do when put in such a situation. So many movies about people being trapped in get it wrong when they focus on the physical conditions, when really the story is about whether you have the will to do all that is necessary to continue living life. That is a challenging inward examination tied in with some nerve-cutting intensity. This movie is tough to watch, but certainly worth a look. A-

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February 23, 2011
I want him to win best actor for this so bad
 
February 19, 2011
I've followed the news reels since these events happened, I am truly curious about this one. Now it is playing nearby but the dvd release is just two weeks away. Methinks I'll hold off...thank you for the review!
 
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review by . April 04, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
We Often Find Ourselves At Our Strongest During Our Weakest Moments....
 I can almost guarantee that most everyone had seen and heard the news reports about the search for Aron Ralston and the harrowing experience he had gone through. Most of the details of his time in the Canyonlands National Park in Utah were shared in his autobiographical book called “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” that has inspired this film. Co-written and directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), “127 Hours” was critically acclaimed and gave James Franco a best …
review by . February 25, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Epitaph in Blue John Canyon: Aron Ralston (1975-2003)
What's the odd of being stranded in the bottom of a Canyon solo and then having a boulder fall on you and trapped your hand in between?! That's one in a trillion chance, isn't it?      The footage in this movie is simply awesome! I love Canyons and have been to a great many in the U.S. but I would never dream myself of being trapped the way Aron Ralston was. And the story of the movie goes on to show how he survived it after 127 hours (5 days or so) of life threatening …
review by . April 16, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****     Danny Boyle is one of the most ambitious and talented filmmakers in the business, today. He made "28 Days Later" and "Slumdog Millionaire", both wonderful, and now he has made "127 Hours". But this time, there is not one, but two men behind all the magic. James Franco stars in this film, and he acts as Boyle's other. Without Boyle, Franco would be screwed; and without Franco, so would Boyle (maybe). I know Boyle as a stylistic genius and powerful story-teller. …
review by . January 06, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
   Danny Boyle deserves all the credit in the world for this directorial achievement. Personally, I think he did an outstanding thing taking on a subject which is hard to put on screen for one hour and half and keep you interested in the character and keep things entertaining: the true story of Aron Ralston, a mountain climber who had to resort to one of the most desperate measures in order to fade death.      A profound survival story that doesn't get too melodramatic …
review by . May 06, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
A Real Ordeal Becomes a Fascinating Stream-of-Consciousness Survival Story
Watching the first twenty minutes of 127 Hours I was repelled by what I was watching, and not just by Aron Ralston's rope, either.  It doesn't help a review when you want to be uplifted and inspired after a long, hard day at work.  What started as his ordeal became mine and will most likely become yours as the aforementioned protagonist climbs through the arid, rocky, rugged redish-orange Utah terrain.  Experienced, yet unsuspecting, the lone hiker falls into a cavern with …
review by . December 31, 2010
It's not often that I see a preview that grabs me as much as the one for "127 Hours" did. Scenery straight out of a Road Runner cartoon, excitement, adventure, and... hey, wait a minute, this isn't about that guy who... oh crap, it IS about that guy. Yes, THAT guy, the one who got trapped by a boulder while hiking in a remote area of Utah and cut off his own arm to free himself. I remember reading about him - his name is Aron Ralston -- when this happened in 2003. I also remember …
review by . March 29, 2011
A cautionary tale
28-year old Aron Ralston was an experienced hiker and climber who set out for a day of fun in Canyonlands that changed his life forever.  He fell down a crevice, a boulder pinned his arm, and he was unable to free himself.  Over the next five days, Aron recorded his thoughts on his video camera and dreamed about his family and friends, then, with no food or water left, decided to end his ordeal.   This movie is filmed almost like a documentary, a virtual one-man show for James …
Quick Tip by . March 22, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
James Franco just keeps rising as one of the most interesting and underrated actors in Hollywood. Ever since seeing him play James Dean in a made-for-TV biopic, I've been watching him very carefully as he chooses his roles. For a while he got a lot of supporting and a few leading parts in big budget action films, but he's showing his acting abilities lately in more independent and character driven films. Last year was a good year for Franco as he starred in two great films (the other being …
review by . January 01, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I think there is inherent in mountain climbers and outdoor thrill seekers a certain degree of arrogance. To subject yourself to extreme environmental conditions and believe that you’re capable of taking them on requires a great deal of confidence, if not something of a superiority complex. I say this as someone who has never scaled a mountain and has absolutely no intention of ever doing so; perhaps it’s coming from a place of jealousy, since being unwilling to take a risk has not allowed …
Quick Tip by . March 22, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
REALLY well done film. Went in very skeptical of how they could make a two hour film from a guy stuck under a rock... and a story for which we already know the ending. Both director and actor made for a phenomenally visceral ride -- very hard to watch (not for reasons you'd expect actually), but really well made.  LOVE this director's unique and palpable style!! I was left with the same feeling I had after watching Slumdog Millionaire... boy would I love to see a movie THIS good every …
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127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he can be rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures  
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Director: Danny Boyle
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Release Date: 28 January 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
Runtime: 94 min
Studio: Cloud Eight Films, Film4, Everest Entertainment
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