Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Movie Review: 127 Hours



This movie is a true story! It's about Aron Ralston, an American climber whose arm got trapped under a boulder while hiking in Utah, and who, after waiting five days, decided the only chance he had for survival was to amputate his own arm.

James Franco (villain in Spider man) plays Ralston, and delivers an outstanding performance, going through all the emotions capable of a human being from enjoyment, elation, fear, depression, defeat, regret, hope...you name it. He's nominated for an Oscar, and the Motion Picture Academy got it right.

I was surprised how much I cared for Ralston from the beginning of the movie, despite his selfishness in not calling his mom back or telling anyone where he was going. He was a likable character, and when he fell down the crevice, I didn't know if I could stand to watch him suffer for the rest of the movie.

There's one scene where I had to cover my face and look away. (We can all guess which scene that was). It's gruesome, and they leave nothing to the imagination. But in this case, the gore is necessary. Someone actually had to go through that, and to get the full extent of what he went through, we need to see it firsthand.

The filming is intelligent and interesting. You see the bottom of the water bottle as he sips, which shows you just how precious each drop is, and the dwindling supply.

This is not a movie for kids, it's for adults that need a reminder of what life is really about and the importance of relationships.

17 comments:

Patti said...

My husband really wants to see this movie, and I wasn't sure. Thanks for the review.

Cherie Reich said...

It sounds like a good movie. Thanks for the review!

Tiana Smith said...

Since I live in UT, I remember hearing all about that when it happened. I didn't know they had made it into a movie though ... I'm not sure if I could actually watch someone cut off his arm ...

Melissa said...

I saw previews for this and thought it looked amazing. And then I forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me! I will definitely be going to check this out - sooner rather than later!

Bethany Mattingly said...

Oh I heard about this guy on Oprah I think. Definitely going to see this. It sounds amazing! Thanks for the review!

penandpaints said...

Sounds like a great film,don't know if I could wath that bit either :/ Thanks for the review.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I don't think I could take the movie, but my daughter met James at the Sundance Film Festival. She fell in love. :)

Hannah Kincade said...

I remember when this book first came out and how crizazy it was to imagine someone battling their self and finding the nervw to amputate their own arm. Awe inspiring. That's courage right there.

Jemi Fraser said...

I wouldn't be watching that scene either!

Sounds like a challenging character done well! :)

Carol Kilgore said...

I remember hearing about this man, but I didn't know about the movie. Thanks.

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Nicole Zoltack said...

This sounds like a really powerful movie!

roxy said...

Wow. This movie sounds intense. Thanks for reviewing it, Aubrie.

Talli Roland said...

I haven't heard of this film, but it certainly sounds like an interesting one!

The Words Crafter said...

Hey Aubrie! I've been absent for nearly a month and I'm trying to catch up.

I probably won't ever see the movie. I remember the story from the news and it was hard to listen to then. I imagine it too deeply. However, I do admire his determination to live and the decisions he had to make in order to do so. Wow.

I hope you've been well!

Theresa Milstein said...

I've heard many good things about this movie, but I know I can't see it because of what happens. I'm a wimp. Though your review is shaming me!

Terri Tiffany said...

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have heard about this movie and another blogger said he really liked it--I was afraid it would stretch out and be boring. Thnaks for the good review:)