Posted on February 26, 2011
127 Hours (2010)
Reviewed by Mister Minator
Unless you live under a rock, you probably already know the story of Aron Ralston; a mountain climber/adventure junkie that gets stuck under a boulder and cuts his own arm off. If you had no idea, then I just spoiled the movie and you may be in danger of having a life. Either way, there are several important lessons to be learned from this movie.
Lesson #1 – Don’t go hiking by yourself in isolated canyons without telling anyone where you’re going.
James Franco (Spider Man fame) plays the part of Ralston and does a masterful job capturing the 127 hours of extreme physical and emotional turmoil that one might endure while pinned in an isolated canyon in Utah. The most brilliant moment in the movie is when Franco’s character interviews himself with his own video camera: funny, dark, sad……. it’s right up there with drinking his own urine. Franco’s one man show is so impressive and moving that after the movie I wondered if he actually cut his own arm off during the filming. I should say that only a small portion of the movie is devoted to this event, so if you’re not into that sort of thing – no worries. Franco destroys other one man movie actors in my opinion (Tom Hanks – Cast Away and the Fresh Prince of Bel Aire – I Am Legend)
Lesson #2 – Always bring a video camera to entertain yourself and/or document your own demise.
The cinematography is also to be commended as every angle of shot and lighting choice seemed to enhance Franco’s performance and give you the feeling that you were experiencing the whole event through Ralston’s eyes. I enjoyed the shot measuring the amount of water left in Ralston’s Nalgene bottle to mark the passing of time.
Lesson #3 – Buy an American made Leatherman, not a cheap made in China imitation.
Overall this was a great film, and after hearing several radio interviews with Ralston shortly after the incident, I believe it could almost be classified as a documentary. I give this film one thumb and on arm nub up. The drummer from Def Leppard agrees. Go see it!
Lesson #4 – If you find yourself between a rock and a hard place, keep a positive attitude and cut your arm off.
“This rock… this rock has been waiting for me my entire life.” – Aron Ralston