Thursday, March 31, 2011

Movie Review: 127 Hours

127 Hours
Director: Danny Boyle (also of SlumDog Millionaire)
Cast: James Franco
Release Date: January 2011 to DVD
Genre: True Life/Action
Rating: R (graphic scenes, suggestive scenes)
94 Minutes
Nominated for 6 Oscars

Based on the true story of Aron Ralston who was for 127 hours trapped in a rock climbing accident.  With his arm pinned under a rock, Aron had little water and food and noone knew where he was. The movie is based upon the book called Between a Rock and a Hard Place. James Franco plays the voracious adventure seeker and outdoorsman, Aron. What starts as a routine expedition in the rocky formations of Utah, becomes a nightmare for Aron within a few hours.  The viewer is there with Aron as he tries without abandon to extrapulate himself.  Day becomes night and then day until five nights and six days have passed.

127 hours pass and we see the stages of dehydration and solitude take its toll.  Aron is seen going through a gamut of emotions including laughter, tears, self-recrimination, hope, frustration and sorrow and it's recorded on his video camera. On the sixth day, all but the last ray of hope is gone and Aron must make a live or die decision.

James Franco delivered an Oscar worthy performance in 127 Hours.  It's a must-see.  You will be awestruck by the physical beauty of the area, the grimness of the situation, and the indelible will to survive.  It should have won several awards.

Rating 5/5

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