127 Hours (2010) – Review

127 Hours is the true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco), a mountain climber who has the terrible misfortune of a boulder happening upon his arm in a canyon, trapping him isolated there for the slow, arduous yawn of five days. With a limited supply of food and water, Ralston’s only company is that of a single black raven that flies a solitary pass overhead each morning, fifteen minutes of sunlight he receives during each ascending sunrise, and a collection of recently recorded files on his video camera of two girls he met and waved goodbye to but only moments before.

During his desperate struggle for survival, Ralston examines his life through recollection, dream, and hallucination. As he discovers absolution he too finds what he believed once lost: hope, himself.





James Franco is brilliant in what can be considered, undoubtedly, one of the best performances of the past two decades. His brutal honesty through total commitment delivers an emotional torrent of ineffable expanse. In a film based solely upon the actor and his performance, Franco is mesmerizing as he alone takes reign of the human heart and steers it in to the high heavens of hope and down, even, into deep, bottomless, enveloping black hopelessness. Like a puppeteer he repeats this routine, collecting and dangling the viewer’s heart then expertly spinning it over and again, tying it into knots. Such is the same with director Danny Boyle.

Enrique Chediak and Anthony Dod Mantle’s cinematography here is indeed quite spectacular. The connecting contrast the two create between the scale of Moab, Utah and the confined space where Ralston’s plight unfolds, is as powerful a performance as any actor. These gripping distinctions as well, simultaneously, separate the two worlds, leaving the viewer feeling dismissive, small, not unlike Ralston. To build upon the already existent pieces of immersion with another, Chediak and Mantle display the film in a expressive, artistic form.

It is by way of the film’s score, one encompassing that of original and licensed songs, that absolute immersion is beheld and never to be let go of.

Despite the film’s foreseen conclusion Boyle’s absorbing deceit through the use of dream and hallucination creates a suspenseful atmosphere that will have the viewer reciting phrases of cheer in his or her own head as the film progresses.

127 Hours if an engaging film and true story of unprecedented power. The film’s aptness of breaking into the viewer’s conscious and lacerating it there to shreds leaving only tears and hope in its wake, is a triumphant splendor and with the combination of Aron Ralston’s relatability, is the reason why people attend the cinema.

Do not miss this film. It is perfect.



2 Responses to 127 Hours (2010) – Review

  1. I think you’re giving it too much credit but anyway, nice review.

    • Nonsense! But, I do appreciate you taking the time to read and share your opinion. Truthfully, I have no visitors, so for that, thank you as well. The film simply “had” me in an awful way and for a film based upon a true story no less is quite extraordinary.

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