Aron Ralston (played by James Franco) is traipsing alone through Utah's Canyonlands National Park, minding his own sweet-natured, loosey-goosey business, when an errant step drops him into a crevasse. That in itself wouldn't be so bad if he hadn't managed to get his right hand stuck between a heavy boulder and the side of the cavern--a cavern that will be his grave, if he doesn't figure out how to get himself out. Danny Boyle's film of this real-life 2003 incident builds up to what we all know is going to happen: Ralston must sever his arm between his elbow and wrist,... after a few long, lonely days of avoiding the idea. (Superb casual line delivery by Franco: "So I found this great tourniquet .") Because this is a film by the director of Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting, we can expect a barrage of visual high jinks, despite the fact that this story would seem to be a simple tale of a man stuck in the desert. Boyle deploys flashbacks and fantasies to fill up the screen, plus he gets some mileage out of Ralston's video camera--and, of course, this director can't resist juicing the soundtrack with pop tunes, from Sigur Rós to Edith Piaf to Slumdog composer A.R. Rahman. Maybe Boyle is simply hyperactive, or maybe he's really onto something about what would happen inside the mind of a man left in extremis for an extended period (who wouldn't have a few Boyle-esque hallucinations, under the circumstances?). The cumulative effect is overbearing, but Franco's performance is spirited and endearing--he makes Ralston sufficiently "of life" that you definitely don't want to see this goofball soul be lost. --Robert Horton [show more]
The years most visceral pleasure
127 Hours is a riddle to me, it's a conundrum, it's a movie about something that everyone going to see it will know about, and if you don't know the story of Aron Ralston why are you reading this? So knowing the plot and the ending before we even buy a ticket, how can it be possibly interesting? And more to the point who would want to go and see such a film?
Here is a quick summary of the story (just in case you really do need it) Aron Ralston was mountaineering one day in 2003, everything was normal until Aron caught his hand under a large bolder, trapping it against a rock and a hard place (the title of his book), Aron stayed in that god forsaken situation for 127 hours (the title of the film) only freeing himself when he severs his own hand.
That's the whole story, and sorry if I blew the ending but everyone knows it anyway. So why would you go and see this film? And what can Danny Boyle really do to make a man with his hand stuck be interesting, let alone string it out for 90 minuets? We are of course greatly underestimating the genius of Danny Boyle who, lets face it could film a bucket of water for 90 minuets and somehow make it interesting. So one reason that anyone would see the film is that Danny Boyles direction will keep the film engaging; but is sharp camera angles and clever effects really all it has to offer?
No, and let me explain why. Because 127 Hours is amazing, it is phenomenal. Lets for a moment strip out the great direction and the first class performance and lets put everything on pause and state one simple fact. This is a true story, and for that alone 127 Hours is head and shoulders above all competition, everything you see on screen really happened (even the video documentary).
Danny Boyle has created in 127 Hours nothing short of a masterpiece, I do not hesitate when I say this is a work of art. Boyle perfectly paces his film, he makes the entire movie a journey that we (as an audience) take with this man (more on him in a moment), the film isn't just a disaster or tragedy film, like all of Boyles work, this is an exploration into the human soul.
Boyle enjoys making films, you can tell. He toys and plays with his audience, because realistically as soon as Aron traps his hand, we are all waiting for the inevitable, and Boyle knows this, he teases and pokes at it several times before the real moment, and when that moment comes, it's as nasty as you could imagine, and I have never NEVER seen the mood in an audience change so fast, not a single person didn't shift in their seat and feel uncomfortable (I didn't watch the sequence, I watched the audience knowing they would produce a reaction).
Do you want to know the truth? 127 Hours made me do something I've never ever done for another film in my entire life. It made me applaud, and I did as the credits rolled. That is truly how amazing the movie is.
There is so much more to be said about 127 Hours but I'll leave that for you to see, I just say however that James Franco gives a strong performance, he is both convincing and truthful, and more importantly engaging, this is a film where for most of it, it's just him, and you never get board.
127 Hours is a film that everyone, without exception should watch. This is the most powerful movie that I've seen in a long time and if we let it, it will change the world. The perfect movie.
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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play. Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. 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? Feature Audio Commentary Deleted Scenes 127 Hours: Movie Special Search and Rescue Featurette 127 Hours: An Extraordinary View God of Love - Short Film (Academy Award Winner 2011 - Best Short Film) Actors James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Sean Bott, Koleman Stinger, Treat Williams, John Lawrence, Kate Burton, Bailee Michelle Johnson, Rebecca C. Olson, Parker Hadley, Clémence Poésy, Fenton Quinn, Lizzy Caplan & Xmas Lutu Director Danny Boyle Certificate 15 years and over Year 2010 Screen Widescreen 1.85:1 Languages English - DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1) Additional Languages English Audio Description Subtitles English for the hearing impaired Closed Captions Yes Duration 1 hour and 29 minutes (approx)
Director Danny Boyle's action adventure traces the true story of trapped hiker Aron Ralston's fight for survival. Setting out alone and telling no-one where he's going, Ralston (James Franco) begins a hiking expedition in the mountains of Utah. Young, and with a zest for life, he takes rock-climbing in his stride, fearing nothing, and with a permanent smile on his face. Soon after crossing paths with fellow hikers Kristi (Kate Mara) and Megan (Amber Tamblyn), however, Ralston becomes trapped in a remote canyon when a falling boulder crushes his arm. Over the following days, and with no-one to hear his calls, Ralston undergoes a gruelling fight for survival that tests his spirit to the limits, and ultimately decides whether he lives or dies.