Thursday November 23rd 2017

127 Hours

This movie is one of the most inspirational stories of the human condition I have ever seen. 127 Hours is by far one of the best films of 2010 and is a must-see for any- and everyone.

127 Hours: James Franco’s Performance

James Franco stars as one of just a handful of characters in Danny Boyle’s latest flick. He plays Aron Ralston, the real-life canyoneer who the biographical movie is based on. Sitting and watching Franco’s performance, it was hard to imagine this being representative of reality. He did such an incredible job of portraying a human stranded with absolutely no hope, at times it’s impossible to think this is a true story.

But it is. And that is what is so moving about Franco’s portrayal of Ralston.

The suffering of Ralston, and yet the happiness even in the wake of complete loneliness is truly phenomenal. While I haven’t read Ralston’s book that this screenplay is based on, I imagine it is very close to the real thing. Why? Because the real-life Ralston hasn’t given up on life. He remains an active climber and canyoneer. He is what Franco portrayed on the big screen: an inspiration to anyone who has faced adversity.

The climax of the movie, and the climax of the true story, is obviously when Ralston makes the final decision to dismember his arm from the boulder that has trapped him for 127 hours. Boyle does an exceptional job of conveying this on film.

I went into the theater knowing that I was going to see an intense scene, but nothing could have prepared me for what I saw. It’s not horrific like a Hostel- or Saw-type movie. It’s quite graphic, but it also leaves so much open to the imagination of the viewer. The sound of the bone cracking that emulates a gunshot or the ear-piercing screech of touching a nerve serve up an unbelievably intense sequence of what one man had to do to save his own life.

If you haven’t seen this movie, get to the theater now. You must see this film. It is moving, it is inspirational, it is incredible.

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