Movie Review – 127 Hours (2010)

127 Hours (2010)Director: Danny Boyle
Writers: Danny Boyle (screenplay), Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), and Aron Ralston (book “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”)
Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara

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?

Danny Boyle has done a few films that you may have heard of before – Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting, among others. He is a very exciting director who looks like his best work is still ahead of him.

Add in James Franco, best known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks and his role as Harry Osborn in the Spiderman series. Also, you get to look at the beautiful Kate Mara. Now, how can that be bad?

Mix that all up with some wonderful camera work that really makes you feel trapped in there with Aron Ralston, or at least going crazy alongside him, and you get 127 Hours. Aron Ralston did indeed record himself hallucinating and examining his life during this horrible time, so they did have some material to work with. Ralston was also there on set to help James Franco through the role from general coaching tips to even telling him to recite Phish lyrics in his head to get him into the same frame of mind. Phish is Aron Ralston’s favorite band.

This film is truly unforgettable in many ways. Like previously mentioned, you have the role played by James Franco. Not only that, you have the character Aron Ralston that is just an interesting character. His plight in amazing to say the least. Everyone has probably heard the story about the man that went canyoneering alone in Utah in 2003 who never told anyone where he was going. You heard the finale of the story with the amputation, but the truth is that there was over 120 hours in between those two moments. This film tells the unbelievable story of what happened during those hours.

This story is truly a testament of one’s will to live and how far he will go to make sure that he does survive.

Here are some interesting facts about the film. Katie Featherston (Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Activity 2) auditioned for the role of Kristi. James Franco was not Danny Boyle’s first choice to play Ralston – Cillian Murphy was. The camcorder used by James Franco in the film was the actual one Aron Ralston used when he was trapped in Blue John Canyon.