Review: 127 Hours (2011)

127 Hours is a biographical adventure drama film starring James Franco (Spiderman, Pineapple Express, Milk) and is directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting and Shallow Grave).

The film is produced, co-written and also directed by Danny Boyle who took inspiration on the autobiographical book titled ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’ which tells the extraordinary tale of adventurer Aron Ralston played by James Franco.

127 Hours shows the true story about mountain climber Aron Ralston and his remarkable tale to save himself after his arm gets trapped from a fallen boulder in an isolated canyon in Utah. With no way of moving the boulder to free himself and with limited supplies running low Aron examines his position and life, and after five days comes to a realisation on what he has to do to survive and get out.

I’ll be honest when I say I haven’t seen a lot of films with James Franco except for the Spiderman series and Pineapple Express but I was really impressed by his performance. It’s always tough on a film when your essentially concentrating on one character but James Franco pulls it of so well, he held your attention and his charming yet terrified portrayal of Aron Ralston felt real and fresh.

I’ve not seen a Danny Boyle film in a long time but you never forget his unique cinematic mind and attention to detail which is what you get when you watch 127 Hours. Everything is filmed up close and personal which is probably the reason why James Franco’s performance is so good. Boyle does indeed stamp his mark and you know your watching a Danny Boyle film, much like the same when you see a Quentin Tarantino flick.

So, my view on the film. I didn’t dislike nor did I love it. It just kinda served its purpose. Do I think it’s worth its attention? Yes for the performance of James Franco and for Danny Boyle’s unique direction. I see it is a kinda more extreme and personal Cast Away but obviously with more tension as you know that this is based on a true story. I expect this film will win some awards, defiantly nominations at least. I will say it is a must watch just for the story alone though. 127 Hours certainly brings a new meaning to the term ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’. I’m giving it 3/5.

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