Monday, July 4, 2011

127 Hours (2011) - MOVIE REVIEW

Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: James Franco

Based on the autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place, the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston is played out by James Franco (Pineapple Express, Milk) on the big screen. The movie is about the 127 hours Aron Ralston spent with his hand stuck between a rock and a wall.

I won't say how it finishes but it can only end 3 ways... Death, survival with his arm or survival without his arm... Regardless, this is a truly intense film about what this guy went through in those grueling 5 days, hundreds of miles from another soul. Nominated for an Oscar, Franco produces one of his finest performances to date and really made you feel for this guy after 5 days of starvation, dehydration and hallucinations. The ending is even a bit of a tear jerker.

I did a bit of wikipedia-ing and was pleased to find this about the authenticity of the storyline:
The scenes early in the film of Ralston's encounter with the two hikers were altered to portray Ralston showing them a hidden pool, when in reality he just showed them some basic climbing moves. Despite these changes, with which he was initially uncomfortable, Ralston says the rest of the film is "so factually accurate it is as close to a documentary as you can get and still be a drama."

Don't let the plot fool you into thinking this would be a boring film. It really isn't. This is one of the better films of the year.

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