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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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Epitaph in Blue John Canyon. To be or NOT to be!

  • Feb 25, 2011
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 situation! That's a scenario one would never ever imagined, if I could imagine myself hitting the lottery, which is even more likely!

Where did this happened? Blue John Canyon, near Canyonlands National Park (yes, I had been here before).
When did it happened? 2003.

Surviving the great outdoor is challenging enough even for ordinary person. In the night when there is no lights and not a single soul around, well, that is even more scary than a horror movie! Afterall, horror movies are over within a span of 2 hours. When one is trapped in the outdoor, well, keeping one's morale high is not only an issue, it is a must. How to do so? It differs between each individual; some survive it, some don't. I probably won't for one. But Aron is a guy who has incredible passion for the wild and all things outdoor, so his chances are high. He's at a place he wants to be and despite his entrapment, he "ravels" in it in more way than one. Like gravitating towards the sunlight in early morning, like going back in time and keeping memories alive... In the right environment and time, nature is the most beautiful and wonderful place to be in. When your survival is your priority, well... you've got to watch how this story evolves, don't you?

One thing I've learned from this movie is to make sure that when one goes out to nature, do not ever go alone. I do know it as a rule but a lot of times, I have been known to ignore it. I've gone into mountains and even climb up the Preikestolen in Norway on my own. It was truly awesome and quite a feat to go up there and I'd probably not ever do it again, at least not without proper training or others to go with me. It's too strenuous and dangerous!

Look at the views, it's simply gorgeous and out of this world, isn't it? But before one gets to the top of the cliff, there are a lot of huge rocks which one'll have to climb over to get there. And if you're petite like I'm, then you're in for a strenuous climb!

The views are definitely worth it but since I wasn't camping up there, I'd have to get down before the day darkened. That was tough, it took me at least 3 hours up! Not to mention almost the same down, then there was the lack of water on the way down as I didn't want to carry the weight up (and nothing up there at all, aka no stores or food or even washrooms! absolutely nothing but nature!). It was the thought of Coke Light that kept me going ... yes, I can certainly relate extremely well to that part of the movie when the thought of sodas crept up! I knew I'd get it in 2 hours or so... but for this guy, oh boy... how he survived it is totally something else!

That also brought back another real story... 3 kids who was drifted too far away into the sea last year (if I remembered correctly, it was New Zealand) and they were not found until some 50 days later. That was a miracle in real. You can read the story here.

I do think what is amazing about this movie is that it is a real story afterall. You'll have to watch it to know how he was finally able to survive this ordeal. No, no one came to rescue, he had to find a way out himself...

I believe that many have died too, in the wild. Humans love story of survival though and this is one such story. You won't be disappointed with it but how much you can relate to it depends on your very own experiences. I don't believe most of us can totally relate to it unless we ourselves have survived such drastic measures. Nonetheless, it is a movie about the power of will, about how our minds shaped our experiences and about how one individual rises above his circumstances. That in itself is truly incredible! With that said, the film tries to portray an individual mind frame and the reality of harsh elements. Whatever you get out of the film is yours to keep, yours alone. I think that is just great! :-)

Epitaph in Blue John Canyon: Aron Ralston (1975-2003) Epitaph in Blue John Canyon: Aron Ralston (1975-2003)

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February 26, 2011
excellent review! I was going to see this in theaters but I heard that the dvd will be out in 2 weeks, I think I'll just buy the movie. Thanks for the review!
February 26, 2011
2 weeks? I don't know, I saw it at home ;-)
February 26, 2011
Franco should win the Oscar, great write up.
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review by . April 04, 2011
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 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 …
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review by . February 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.   …
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review by . May 06, 2011
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review by . December 31, 2010
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review by . March 29, 2011
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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 …
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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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