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.