Review: 127 hours

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Review: 127 hours

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This is what happens when you’re forced to drink your own urine… for the sixth time over.

At first glance the film 127 hours doesn’t amount to much, it looks like it’d be just another hands-over-your-eyes gimmicky kind of film, like Frozen or Buried, which place the protagonist (if that’s what you’d call them) in some sort of situation where they are trapped, and see how they deal with escaping, along with all the problems and horrors that come with it. If you pay a little more attention when reading about 127 hours, you’d notice the director attached to the film, Danny Boyle. Boyle is a fairly famous director, and has directed many popular films like as 28 days later and Sunshine (the latter isn’t that great though) and a few others of note. The film doesn’t have much of a cast so to speak of, but the main role of Aron Ralston is taken by James Franco, most famous for acting in Spider-Man, who does some great acting in this film, and probably has got a career ahead of him.

Anyway the story follows an over-zealous young man, Mr.Ralston, on an adventure into the Grand Canyon, running and climbing as he goes. He doesn’t tell anyone where he’s gone, and so has no hope of being rescued should he get stuck or sustain a really bad injury, like getting his arm wedged between a big canyon rock and a canyon wall. Which he cannot move.

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Here’s Aron after falling off his bike, which makes for a good photo for him to post on Tumblr… or something. Also note the depiction of his right arm.

The film, with little story to make use of, makes good use the directors creativity and style. Lots of scenes and sequences are very well thought through and have obviously had a lot of effort and creativity put into them. There’s a few scenes of note that this was apparent in, including seeing the glowing sun rise over the beautiful canyon scenery, as the young man trapped under (in-between, with, inside?) a rock creates a pulley system in hopes of getting the rock to budge, as he screams in pain and uses all his strength to try and get the rock to move, Boyle plays use the feel-good Bill Withers song Lovely Day, it’s a great contrast, and is equal parts hilarious and disturbing.

The ending wasn’t great (akin to Boyle’s Sunshine)… what was up with the weird visions of his family on a couch? It was too surreal and silly for me to take seriously to be honest, just like how the ending of Sunshine got out of hand…

And a parting word from me is that this film is NOT for the faint of heart. It gets really graphic when the arm removal begins.

Oh and the use of the original score was really good. I didn’t like it too much (I love Bill Withers (and so do you), he’s not part of the original score bear in mind) but it definitely went well with all of the scenes… speaking of which the first few minutes are an excellent example of how to start a film.

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