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127 Hours


Jeff Nelson

This is a visually engrossing film.

127 Hours
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There are so many traumatizing events that happen every day across the world. Many of the people to whom these occur enlighten those people and many of them even cut book and movie deals. Some of them can cut it for a book, but not a film, and sometimes it's the other way around. Here's a story that's sure to catch the attention of moviegoers across the world.

The real-life story of the mountain climber Aron Ralston who literally cut himself loose from danger is told. He luckily lived to tell about it when a rock pinned his right forearm under a boulder during a climb in the Utah mountains and resorted to his survival instincts to stay alive. The screenplay is powerful, to say the least. Not only is the audience seeing the events occurring during the climb, but also are being shown Aron's life leading up to this point. The telling and pacing of the stories of his life are told very well. The viewers become undeniably attached to Aron very quickly.This aids the story a lot by reaching out to the audience and making them become very close with the main character. However, even when Aron Ralston is going insane, there is humor scattered about. It doesn't feel forced and is very naturally put into the screenplay. This is a well put together script that flows nicely.

When a filmmaker is trying to make a film connect to the viewers, it's important to cast the strongest actors possible. Fortunately, James Franco performs as Aron Ralston and doesn't disappoint in the slightest. His performance is genuine and delivers his dialogue spot on. Amber Tamblyn has a minor role in the beginning of the film and is always great to watch on screen. For most of the film, Franco is alone on screen and pulls it off.

It's been a while since I've seen a movie that's so visually interesting. The editing and photography are top notch. There are exceptional camera angles that create a very unique flow to the film. When it comes time for the big scene that has been hyped, the FX are superb. This is a visually engrossing film.

Those who enjoy these types of movies will obviously see it, but be warned that if you're squeamish, this isn't for you. After watching Aron's character being built up and becoming attached, we watch him cut off his arm with a tiny and dull blade. It's shown in a lot of detail and may disturb some. After hearing all the hype and finally seeing it, it definitely lived up to my expectations. 127 Hours is a highly recommended film that packs a punch with its outstanding filmmaking.

My Rating = Four Stars

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