Friday, February 4, 2011

127 Hours

Director: Danny Boyle

Starring: James Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, and Clémence Poésy

This movie is definatley not for me. I am claustrophobic and still recovering from the tunnel scene in the Great Escape. 127 Hours is based on the true life experience of 28 year old, outdoorsman Aron Ralston who was forced to amputate his right arm with a dull pocket knife after it was pinned against a canyon wall by a boulder in Blue John Canyon, Utah. The film’s title refers to the amount of time he spent stuck in the that crevice, with little food or water, enduring freezing cold nights and the growing realization that, because no one was coming to rescue him, the only way to survive was to literally lose part of himself. To me the movie holds horrors on the scale of The Exorcist, but I was also fascinated with the staggering cinematography (Enrique Chediak and Anthony Dod Mantle), humour and excellent acting. James Franco is exquisite as the Aron Ralston character. "127 Hours" is a worthwhile movie and remarkably uplifting, floating along on gorgeous undercurrents of second chances and raw determination and a lust for life. It is also harrowing and not recommended for those who are uncomfortable in confined spaces. A true horror flick.

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