Surviving 127 Hours

In Brief

127 Hours is the most challenging film to watch of this year’s Best Motion Picture nominees. Mostly I was afraid that Danny Boyle’s vision would be unable to overcome James Franco’s acting limitations and the gore factor. Thankfully, I was wrong. Boyle’s vision was enough.

The Review

Boyle utilizes quite a bit of his signature split screen cinematography, interesting camera angles, and ingenious lighting to tell the story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who became trapped in Robbers Roost, Utah for 127 hours before finally amputating his own arm with a dull knife. Ok- so the dull knife incident is probably the largest factor in avoiding this film for so long. Medics were called during early screenings of the film because audience members suffered light-headedness, panic attacks, and fainting. But really, those two minutes of the film come after a long emotion-charged journey in which Ralston discovers that his own decisions led him to be trapped alone, with no one even looking for him.

Even though Boyle claims 127 Hours is “very much a British film”, the movie speaks volumes about American individualist culture. Ralston’s story says something about the value of relationships and how often we take these for granted. This lesson itself makes the film worthwhile. So I deeply recommend suffering through the emotional suspense, closing your eyes during the stomach-churning amputation scene, and calling your mom when you leave the theater.

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Final Grade: A


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