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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 is finally 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?
Let me begin by stating a couple of personal opinions in that I considered 127 Hours to be the best film of the year when it was released in 2010 (I still do); and after re-watching it now for about the third time I am willing to go as far as to say it is the most inspirational film I have ever seen. When one thinks of a inspirational film, most of the time its sports movies. For some damn reason people get all flabbergasted to see some great athlete overcome some sort of adversity whether it be recovering from a gruesome injury, being an underdog or winning a championship. Other inspirational films could be political films for some select…
Danny Boyle is an hyperactive boy. He may give in to the mainstream audience's sensibilities, but he had the respectable talent of transforming a harrowing survival story - and therefore an authentic horror account - into an inspiring survival drama utilizing the always amazing work of A.R. Rahman, contrasting styles and throwing a thought-provoking reflection in the process regarding how much we value every single element in our lives, from family to anecdotes and our basic human needs for surviving. With Aronofsky editing, Terry Gilliam angles for shits and kicks, and an Abel-Gance-like splitting of the screen into three parts, we have a proper true story and an interesting character analysis for the purpose of dramatization thanks to its visual…
Who knew that watching James Franco stuck to a rock for 90 minutes could not only be so interesting but so amazing?
The film chronicles the true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco), a recklessly arrogant mountain climber whose arm gets crushed under a boulder during a trip through Utah canyon country. With no one coming to save him, he must decide whether he will die or fight for survival.
The logline and description may not sound like much, but 127 Hours delivers one of the most riveting and incredibly emotional experiences I have had in a theatre in some time. I was unsure Boyle and his crew could top their Oscar-winning work in Slumdog Millionaire, but this film improves upon it in every way possible. Because of all the talk about "the scene", the majority of people will know how the…
I like Danny Boyle. I feel his films always bring something to the table most directors just don't seem to bring. Here, he is in amazing form as he has taken it upon him to tell a story mainly set in one location of which we already know the outcome. And still, it is tense, exciting and moving.
The screenplay is a thing of beauty, filled to the brim with creativity and respect for its source. This film is perfectly paced, which allows you as a viewer to share that small crevice James Franco is stuck in, you're right there beside him and that makes for a very engaging experience. It would have been easy to have this film be…
How can you not like this film?
It's a true story and one hella of an event where this guy could have died.
One in a million chances for this to happen to anyone and this guy was the one.
Thank goodness he had a few things to keep him going and one item for him to escape (no Spoiler intended) or I don't think we would have heard about his story, let alone seeing this film.
Everyone kept talking about The Rock but I didn't see Dwayne Johnson in this ;)
What really helps the entire film is Franco's performance and Danny B's fast pace directing.
The Blu Ray picture is absolutely stunning with glorious colour and it's just worth watching this for the views.
A great solid film which still deserves to be pushed high in the Top Tens.
Franco's best performance yet
Part of my list; 55 Movies My Brother Made Me Watch.
"I chose this. I chose all of this. This rock... this rock has been waiting for me my entire life. In its entire life, ever since it was a bit of meteorite a million, billion years ago up there in space. It's been waiting, to come here. Right, right here. I've been moving towards it my entire life. The minute I was born, every breath I've taken, every action has been leading me to this crack on the earth's surface."
A hell of a performance! I'd been told before hand about Franco's sublime portrayal of Aron Ralston. I believed it as well - who doesn't admire Franco? I never…
I’ve liked Franco a lot ever since Freaks and Geeks and so this movie’s flaws weren’t so prominent to me. Except the cheesy ending with Jonsi “hooooo”ing for about ten minutes straight. I dug it. Bet it’s a crowd pleaser.
I remember watching this film when it first came out in 2010 and I remember being completely blown away by it. Just to make sure I wasn't letting my 14 year old ignorance get the better of me, I watched it again and I'm still left in awe when the credits start rolling.
James Franco has always been one of my favourite actors ever since I saw Spiderman (I hated the film but Franco still amazed me) and I adore him even more for his amazing portrayal of Aron Ralston. Ralston himself said that Franco played the part almost exactly how he remembered it.
What I love about this film in particular is the changes you see in Franco's…
Having read Aron Ralston's book 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place', I know about what he is like and his reactions and feelings about the event that was shown in 127 Hours. I was unsure whether James Franco would be able to pull it off. After a slow start, I lost a little faith, showing events that didn't even happen and made no sense. But then once the incident occured, the film was suddenly set alight. Franco suddenly became Aron Ralston and was completely believable from that moment on. Danny Boyle's direction was incredible, showing Ralston's life story, not only the event, and in a new, fresh, original way that made it look spectacular. I think it is great…
This is a great film - and made so by the extraordinary performance by James Franco. It's his film; no other character is anything other than minor. He must carry the whole film on his shoulders and he does so easily. He truly portrays the intensity of the situation, the increasing desperation, thirst, exhaustion, despair - and ultimately determination and hope. You really must see the film, if for no other reason than Franco's performance.
The rest of the film is very well done. There is a meticulous interest in the small details of Ralson's claustrophobic situation, beautiful cinematography of the countryside he takes his fateful hike in, creative use of the camera that both gives the film movement and emphasizes the immobility. Just about perfect in every way, a great adventure film, a triumph of the spirit. Highly recommended.
The driving question is: Pushed to your very limit, would you do the same?
A phylum of films where confined character(s) in horribly non-cinematic predicaments are rendered dramatic through sheer directorial innovation. Meaning that you're entertained just by seeing how the filmmakers skirt around what's bound to be banal on paper - in this case Boyle's Adderall aesthetic makes some sense.
Danny Boyle has carefully constructed a brilliant little sponge for the psychosomatic stress of a simple-minded athlete-dweeb, played to unenviable perfection by James Franco. Aron Ralston's story is an extreme, unsettling, minimalist drama. It seems more masochistic than sadistic, inasmuch as pain is a literal subject, since the camera is trained on Aron's face (and mind, I suppose) more often than his arm; but, really, pain doesn't make much of a presence, even metaphorically -- it's less concerned with circumstances than with the gruel of daily existence. 127 HOURS is a well crafted experiment, but in my opinion not a top-notch film.
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