Filed under: Film Reviews | Tags: 127 HOURS, Danny Boyle, Film Review, Film Reviews 2011, James Franco
Dir: Danny Boyle, Adventure/Drama, Rated MA15+, 93mins, Year 2011
Starring: James Franco
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The true story of cocky adventurer Aaron Ralston as he heads off alone into the breathtaking scenery of Bluejohn Canyon, Utah. While climbing through one of these amazing canyons Aaron slips on a loose rock that wedges his arm, trapping him for you guessed it… 127hours.
This is like a Bear Grills adventure gone horribly wrong, we watch in horror as Aaron makes many survival mistakes the worst of all not telling anyone where he was going. Director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) does an amazing job of making a guy stuck down a hole interesting. Although not a lot happens you are there with Aaron, going through all the struggles both physically and mentally. The use of flashbacks and hallucinations help progress the story and are seamlessly connected as you view everything as Aaron from inside his head.
(Spoiler Alert – as if you don’t know)
The main flaw in the story is that you know what’s going to happen. It’s known as ’127 hours’ but could have almost been renamed ‘the true story about that guy who hacks his arm off’. I wonder if this was a fictional story it would have been as interesting. There is something about a true story of people doing extreme things that drags you in, ‘Touching the Void’ is another similarly harrowing story told in a more documentary style and is highly recommended.
127 Hours is more of a film about internal struggle and Director Danny Boyle proves he can film the un-filmable as he gets you inside the deteriorating mind of a man trapped who’s trying not to lose it. James Franco is on-screen almost the entire movie and he does a fantastic job, especially when he really does start to lose the plot and interviews himself, morning chat show style is a highlight and fantastic madness at its best.
Given its MA15+ rating and the fact that about 5mins of the film is very hard to watch (you know why) it won’t be for everyone. However it’s surprisingly riveting film about not much at all.
Review by Andy Marshall – Road Movie Mobile Cinema
Not a film critic but a critical projectionist
127 Hours – Rating ★★★ 1/2 Stars
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