127 Hours (2010) 2.4/5 (4)


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Rating: The Good – 76.5
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Duration: 94  mins
Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara

Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Aron Ralston’s true life account of how he survived being trapped in an isolated canyon for five days (and ultimately cut his own arm off with a dull blade) shouldn’t really have worked as a movie. After all 90 minutes of a man trapped in a small crevice is not something you’d think would be complemented by Boyle’s expansive and busy film-making style. However, by cleverly inverting that style from outwards to inwards he bases most of 127 Hours on Ralston’s own self-reflection as he took account of his life in those hours, chastised his own hubris, and pushed himself to keep going. James Franco is outstanding as the cocky young adventurer and carries the film with genuine ease. Despite the myths that popped up regarding the arm cutting scene, only a couple of minutes are dedicated to it but they’re a rough couple of minutes not because of the gore (which is minimal) but because Boyle’s astounding use of sound and image right at the moment when Ralston is severing the nerve, hurls you straight into the man’s consciousness so that you’re right there feeling that pain with him. It’s a truly remarkable piece of film-making.

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