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There is no force more powerful than the will to live.
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?
Who knew that watching James Franco stuck to a rock for 90 minutes could not only be so interesting but so amazing?
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…
Written and brilliantly directed by Danny Boyle, 127 Hours artfully illustrates a man's desire to live, driven by regrets and the drive to change. James Franco's performance is commanding, delicately layered without feeling desperate. He straddles an awkward line between manic desperation and an abiding enthusiasm, forming and molding Ralston as a character without giving enormous amounts of descriptive exposition. It's key to note how isolated this film is, and how everyday a guy Ralston is. It takes an artist with a distinctive visual style to maintain our interest, and Boyle excels. Ralston's life is told through flashbacks. There's no timeline, no biopic-esque storytelling. Just visuals, conveying ideas of solitude, compulsive independence, arrogance and a passive selfishness. He's not a…
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…
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…
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…
¡Danny Boyle es un mákina, loko!
Holy shit, that was intense! Excellent performance from James Franco, beautiful cinematography, and fantastic use of sound. And honestly, it'll make you feel bad for James's character, Aron. Definitely not for the ones with weak stomachs, though. But overall, this movie is fucking amazing! And I'm sure it'll stick with me for a long time. Highly recommended! RATING: (9.4/10)
Production (effects, stunt/choreo, set/costume): 3/4
Cinematography (staging, camerawork, colour): 4/4
Acting (technique, chemistry, believability): 4/4
Sound (score, soundtrack, design, mixing): 3/4
Writing (plot/story, screenplay, themes): 3/4
Direction (editing, form, style, finish): 4/4
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Led by Danny Boyle's sharp, vibrant direction and an excellent leading turn from James Franco, "127 Hours" is an endlessly compelling, emotionally nuanced and deeply powerful portrait of survival and the human spirit that's gorgeously shot, tightly edited, and remarkably written with such skill, precision, and soul. But, boy, that arm-cutting scene still sends me chills every time I see it. Jeesh!
Film #17 of the "Scavenger Hunt 16" challenge
8. A movie set in the mountains or in a cold place.
Last time I reviewed a Danny Boyle film, it was one (that got away) that was encouraged by caleb_yells (letterboxd.com/caleb_yells), but I ended up getting very confused over the "poor man's Inception" concept and the fact that the female lead was incredibly promiscuous. My personal best for Danny Boyle was Slumdog Millionaire with the Isles of Wonder being very close. It was gonna be very hard for 127 Hours to beat those two films and I was kinda disbeliefed that I actually found an average Danny Boyle film last time. But it was good. I thought I wasn't gonna enjoy…
Survival movies can be really visually diverse, covering many miles of open lush terrain on the voyage to stay alive. 127 Hours can't have that luxury. It's hard enough to film a movie in primarily one location, but add only one character to interact with whose arm is stuck behind a bolder and you realize this was an incredibly hard movie to make engaging.
Boyle creates a very dialogue limited story. Without the advantages of internal monologue you find in literature he uses imagery, sound, and dream like slips into hallucinations to flesh out the story and the character. Words are chosen carefully, and silence is used to mask the words of others to add to that distorted reality at…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Complete list. :-(