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Feature commentary by director/co-screenwriter Danny Boyle, producer Christian Colson and co-screenwriter Simon Beaufoy
127 Hours James Franco stars in director Danny Boyle's inspiring survival drama based on the incredible true story of Aron Ralston, who became trapped alone in a Utah canyon for days after slipping on a loose rock, and resorted to extraordinary measures in order to make it out of his dire predicament alive. An experienced hiker and climber, Ralston (Franco) is very much in his element when he parks his truck by a mountain near Moab, UT, hops on his bike, and peddles to the middle of nowhere. Later, when Ralston encounters a pair of young female hikers who have gotten lost while searching for a local landmark, he jovially shows them a sight that most casual hikers miss before bidding them farewell and continuing on his way. Drifting through the canyons alone, deep in thought, however, the explorer who presumed he was ready for anything quickly discovers just how fast things can spin out of control when a rock gives way as he shimmies down a crevice, and pins his hand to the unforgiving wall of stone. Over the course of the next 127 hours, Ralston tries everything he can think of to free himself, flashing back to small but memorable events in his life -- as well as forward to the future that he might enjoy should he manage to wiggle free -- as his body begins the slow process of shutting down. Eventually realizing that the only way out is to leave part of himself behind, the exhausted, delirious adventurer draws his cheap made-in-China multi-tool, and does what it takes to survive. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Posted by: SurfingDude289 from: Thornton, CO on
This was such an amazing movie based on a true story. When I had first heard about this I knew i wanted to watch it even though it seems like an unfilmable movie. Somehow they pulled it off wonderfully. Even though I was not a fan of James Franco I still wanted to see it! Watching this film with him in it made me now forever like him! He did a wonderful job acting in this! Just watching this makes you think how much someone will go through just to survive. Truly a great movie and completely underrated. I can not wait till I own this movie so I can share it with everyone I know. Everyone needs to see this!!!
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Don't miss this movie!
Posted by: dzrthi from: Gresham, OR on
I completely agree with SurfingDude289, but need to add more. It's very frustrating to see this joyful story of survival and self-examination reduced to a rating of "violence, profanity, gore" which is such a turn off for so many people who won't bother to see beyond that description to the deeper value of a film. 127 Hours brought Aron Ralston's life as described in his book "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" to a screen life that can't be conveyed to anyone who hasn't seen it. Socrates said that the unexamined life isn't worth living. Aron didn't just cut off his arm; he had five days to examine his life. His ordeal was that of being pinned to a wall with very little mobility and few tools. His primary tool was his brain; he used it to figure out how extricate himself and keep living. The infamous arm cutting scene is brief and surprisingly only marginally "gory" -- no blood spurting. A viewer feels as exhilirated and uplifted as Aron did when he knew he had a real shot at liberation from his "127 hour continuous experience." James Franco is stunning. He, Danny Boyle and everyone involved in the film bring this amazing experience to all of us who find the courage to get beyond the mere rating and celebrate Aron's life-affirming achievement.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
excellent cinematography and directing
Posted by: designsimple from: Buffalo on
I went to experience the oscar nominee as soon as it became available in my local theater. The best way to describe why a movie like this deserves such a good rating lies in the director's ability to create such a visually interesting film that remains suspenseful even with the viewer ultimately knowing the ending to the movie. That appears to be the mark of a good film these days. Boyle's ability to shoot an entire full length movie the really only takes place in one location (behind a boulder) is genius. He ends up supplementing the lack of scene change and action with intense emotional "distractions", pulling at every sensory part of your body. This was one movie that I did not mind the plethora of gore that left little to the viewers imagination. Because the climax is the severing of the arm (no need for a spoiler I hope?), it would have been futile and lackluster to approach this iconic scene any other way. Those 10 or 15 minutes of detailed action on Franco's part will leave you quite a bit queazy and second guessing your next trip to Utah. But without that scene, you just watched a man trapped behind a rock for 2 hours who ultimately walks out with one less appendage. If you can stomach this final scene, you will not be disappointed in the emotional and visually stunning film you just experienced.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Whatabun from: West Hills, CA on
James Franco was excellent in this movie. When I saw this I said he is going to win an academy award for this but then of course King's Speech came out. But he soooooooooooooooooo deserved to be nominated. Excellent filming, great action before he fell, great emotion. Just an awesome movie!!!!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Corey927 from: Akron, OH on
I, too, agree with SurferDude. This is a great film. But how is the film "underrated?" Franco was nominated for an Oscar lol
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Learn not to be stupid
Posted by: Snuffycakes from: Detroit, MI on
I think to many people go where they don't belong and this film teaches them they have to pay for their stupidity.
0 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Blaine from: Shreveport, LA on
Stayed in one place most of the movie. James Franco is a good actor, but story was kind of boring.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Don't go hiking alone!
Posted by: Venumma from: West Covina, CA on
You will think twice about hiking alone. At least I did after watching this movie. It also made me think about what should really be important in life. Material things can give us instant satisfaction, but family and loved ones, the time we spend together is what really matters. So go out and watch this movie. But don't take my word for it.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Posted by: fsueagles from: on
Good movie. Definitely worth a watch. Very entertaining.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Moviefan1 from: on
Makes you wonder how you would cope, if ever in a similar situation?