Just to be up front, our little audience had mixed reviews so this blog has been a little hard to write.
The story behind 127 Hours is not only dramatic, but true. Starring James Franco, the film is based on the autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place of Utah hiker Aron Ralston. The movie chronicles Ralston's life when in May 2003, he was hiking alone across the Blue John Canyon. After stepping on a loose boulder, he becomes stuck in an isolated canyon when the rock pins his arm. Unable to free himself, he sets his watch and waits for help, but slowly realizes no one knows where he is. With little food and even less water, Ralston only has a few items in his backpack to aide him. After five days trapped, he realizes his only chance for survival is to amputate his own arm...and dear God, it is graphic.
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Director Danny Boyle had his work cut out for him when translating Ralston's emotional and psychological well-being onto the big screen. It's pretty much a one-man show, so if you're not a James Franco fan, there's not a lot else to watch. Franco is amazing though, his acting range captivates the audience with angst. When they screened this movie at the Telluride Film Festival, they actually had to haul out two viewers on gurneys for medical attention! One was light headed, the other suffered a freaking panic attack. Please note, this story is not for the faint of heart. Heather admits she actually had her eyes closed for most of it!
For a stationary subject, the movie is surprisingly well paced and well edited. For some reason, the film's soundtrack seemed much louder than the dialog and every time the music cued up, we felt like our ears were going to start bleeding. Not to say that it wasn't good music, it was just really loud...maybe it's a sign we're getting old.
Brett said he really enjoyed this movie. It was a little graphic and unsettling for Heather...the anticipation of knowing what Ralston was going to do was a little more than she was comfortable with. Mr. Ed & Phyllis say without all of the gore, it sure would have made for a good Lifetime Movie.
Here's the trailer if you're thinking of checking it out: