Monday, December 13, 2010
Movies 126 : 127 hours
OK, I will let you know how I feel about bio pics. I don't think they make the best films. I suppose I like fiction over nonfiction when it comes to movies.
Here we have a film by Danny Boyle. I absolutely loved Slumdog Millionaire. From the music to the way it was styled, it was an excellent movie. But in 127 hours, I felt a little pressured, from the get go, especially, with the split trio screen. Yet, you are given the fast paced world of Aron Ralston (James Franco). This is a film you will either love the freshness to it, or hate it.
Storyline: 127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he ever had the chance to meet?
In the movie you are taken on one of his average adventures in the canyon. You see its breath taking beauty, and the risks he takes on these amazing feats. He is such a thrill seeker. In some way, one has to wonder if he's down right vain, videoing all his accomplishments. Because of his foolishness(or to some, insanity), he neglects to tell anyone back home where he's going. And soon he's stuck, between a rock and a very hard place to get out of. Most of the movie is about his hours waiting for time to past. He thinks of his life and how his ex-girlfriend (Clemence Poesy) told him how lonely he'd be one day. You also see how he dreams of the future too and how he decides to to get out of this predicament.
Some think this might be James Franco's chance at an Oscar. I suppose we'll know next year.
There is some controversy over the movie. Some fainted while watching the graphic scenes. Trivia : The amputation scene was done in one take with multiple cameras because only one prosthetic arm was created. This movie isn't for the squeamish.