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Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Danny Boyle / Actors: James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Sean Bott, Lizzy Caplan ... / DVD released 2011-06-06 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      07.02.2014 16:00
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      Worth a watch. Love this film

      This film was really interesting and shocking to believe that it is based on a true story. The whole way through you follow the main character on his journey and start to feel an attachment to him. It is funny, exciting, scary and traumatic but the film itself is one of the best film iv seen in a long time.
      I was given this DVD as a present for Christmas off my mum and dad as instantly wanted to watch what happened to this unlucky chap. I didn't know how much they paid for it but I would 100% pay £1.39 as it is definitely worth a watch. Every time i watch this film I find out more and become closer to the characters set out in this scenery. Always brings a tear to my eye. An emotional film with an even more emotional ending.
      Give it a go, you won't regret it :)

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        10.08.2013 12:50
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        Sunday afternoon film....if you must!

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        Aron (James Franco) is a keen and knowledgeable canyoner and heads off to Blue Johns Canyon on his mountain bike with wanting to cut down the trek by 45 minutes which is given in guide books. On route he bumps into two young hikers Kristi and Megan (Kate Mara & Amber Tamblyn) who appear to be lost. Happy go lucky Aron tells them to follow him and have some fun as he knows his way around better and the sights to be seen that the guide books doesn't tell people about. They have a great time and he puts them back on track to go home whilst Aron continues with his trek.

        However a nice sunny day soon to start to become a nightmare for Aron cos just as he jumps through a crack to go into the canyon the whole thing crumbles on top of him and he finds that his arm is completely wedged tight by a huge and unforgiving boulder.

        Being experienced Aron doesn't seem to panic too much really. He gets his entire kit out and video camera and a blunt knife to try chip away at the rock which doesn't work of course. He has only got 1 days worth of water with him and he really can't move.

        His experience though puts him in good sted though. He starts to make a video diary, saying all the things to people he should of said before this happened, knows he has to drink his own urine and starts to feel that his whole life had been leading to this to happen to him as suddenly he is left alone for hours to think about who he is and his life.

        He starts to hallucinate.......or are they premonitions, he hears and see's things and he's starving and very dehydrated and no one is ever going to find him down a small crack in a canyon....can he survive?

        My Opinion:

        I have never been a fan of true life stories however this appealed to me as not only is it a Danny Boyle film and got put forward for loads of awards, I have read lots of positive reviews about it and nothing on my Amazon wishlist to watch...and I do adore my films so plumped to buy it.

        With a 15 rating and runtime of 89 minutes I had high hopes for liking this one and sadly, for me it just didn't hit the mark!

        The story itself dragged its heels at times quite badly and I did feel that a man stuck in a crack in the earth made boring viewing to be honest and I just got fed up of it and kept turning it off to come back to it as I did like the character of Aron and wanted him to be ok. The scenery was lovely up there in Utah and that was the best bit for me!

        I didn't like the way that the screen kept splitting so you could see more than one scene at time, I did like the way though that the story wasn't just about what was going on right there and then but also showed us clippits of his past and possible future which without any of that the film would have been just so dull.

        There is a gory scene in this and I do wonder if a 15 classification rating is enough as me at 38 had to look away and it wasn't just the sight of the scene that made me feel sick but the sounds too but I guess general 15 year olds these days wouldn't be too shocked at the scenes! I enjoyed the ending though because of the tone of the film did wonder for a bit if I had the ending right in my head!

        An ok, watch on tv type of film and this really isn't a keeper in my collection for me sadly!

        Widely available for purchase and I bought my copy for about £1.26, in great condition but used!

        This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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          26.07.2013 16:07
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          well worth a watch

          First of all I would like to say that this is a film only review as I do not own the DVD and have simply watched the movie. My review is therefore only based on the movie itself and does not incorporate any of the DVD features etc.

          127 hours was a film that I had always wanted to see and for many reasons, but my partner does not like gruesome things or films that can be quite hard to watch. This is why it has taken me a few years to get round to finally watching it, but I was not disappointed. Also to find out that the story is 100% true is quite remarkable and very rare.

          The film features one man - Aron Ralston, played by actor James Franco. He is an adrenaline junkie and loves climbing and canyoneering. Set in the united states the film starts by Aron planning his next adventure which is a canyoneering exploration across Utah's Canyonlands National Park. He visits his local store and takes a photocopy of a map book outlining the general area that he wants to explore. He knows the shopkeeper and he is aware of Aron and what he likes to get up to however he doesn't tell him nor anybody else for that matter where he is going and this is his downfall. So, Aron reaches the park and starts exploring. First in his truck and then on his bike and finally when he is quite a way into the park on foot. He meets a couple of ladies and spends a few hours with them, helping them as they are lost and they enjoy each others company, so much so that they invite him to a party on leaving him. Unfortunately, Aron never makes it to the party. Although a very experienced canyoner and climber Aron trusting the footing of a large bolder falls along with the bolder into a large canyon. It gets worse though as the bolder traps his arm and whatever he tries to free his arm he cannot. Things go downhill for Aron from here onwards as he is met with some very difficult decisions. Nobody knows where he is and he does not have enough food or water to survive for any length of time. Along with his climbing ropes the only other useful item that he has with him is his knife. After many days inside the canyon and after hallucinating in the heat of the day he is left with no option. He realises that if he is to live then he can only do one thing - cut his arm off! This part is incredibly hard to watch, especially when he has to go through the nerve! Anyway, I shall not say anymore as I realise that I have given rather enough away all ready. Does Aron live or die? You'll have to se the film to find out.

          What I was worried about before viewing the film was the fact that it could be rather boring - one man stuck in a canyon for days, but it is gripping. The storyline is fantastic and James Franco plays a brilliant part. It makes you think what you might do in his desperate plight.

          Danny Boyle has definitely struck gold again with this film, very well written and directed. It seems he can't put a foot wrong at the moment!

          Five Dooyoo Stars from me *****

          Thanks for reading - feel free to comment. Beanie8844

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            19.06.2013 16:18
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            A brilliantly acted, directed and written film- would definately recommend

            127 Hours: so called because that is the amount of time that Aron Ralston spent with his arm well and truly trapped under a rock. With a storyline like that you could be forgiven for thinking that this film could become somewhat monotonous but some brilliant acting from James Franco as the lead and inspired direction from Danny Boyle means that you would be much mistaken.
            This is based on the extraordinary true story of Ralston, a mountain climber and general adventurer who, whilst climbing in canyons in Utah, dislodges a rock leaving his arm wedges between the boulder and canyon wall.
            The film opens with fast paced and exciting sequences which give us an initial incite into Ralston's character. Including a meeting with two other climbers/hikers to whom he becomes guide for the day before running off again into the distance.
            Franco is superb in the main role. The film is largely a one man show and he rises to the occasion brilliantly showing the various stages his character experiences beginning with the initial rage at his situation moving onto being logical and methodical as he tries to find a way to get free and eventually reaching the hallucinations and gradual loss of reality as he becomes more and more sleep deprived and dehydrated. Throughout he is convincing and manages to combine light humour at times with the intense emotions Ralston experiences at others.
            Danny Boyle once again shows us why he has become such a celebrated director. The directing gives a contrast of feelings for the different sections of the films. The opening sections use a lot of split screen, a lot of jumping between shots keeping a high speed and exhilarating tone. Whereas, whilst trapped in the canyon, the continued use of close ups (of both Ralston and the few possessions he has) gives a closed in and somewhat claustrophobic feel. These styles help us to relate and increase empathy for the character's predicament.
            Overall it is an exciting, intense and emotional film which keeps you on your toes with both hallucinations and flashbacks throughout.
            Note: strong language and some graphic gore make it inappropriate for younger viewers

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              15.04.2013 19:01
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              A great, thought provoking true story.

              I'm normally more of a horror or comedy fan but this film seemed like something different and unusual which made me want to watch it. I'm not sure what genre this would come under, thriller, horror or drama.

              The film is about Aron Ralston, an energetic outdoor person who enjoys mountain climbing. In April, 2003, he goes on a trip to Utah, to the Blue John Canyon in Moab. He doesn't tell anyone he's going on the trip and he goes alone. Whilst there, he meets two other climbers, Megan and Kristi who he spends a bit of time with before continiung his trip alone. Whilst climbing, disaster strikes and Aron falls down a gap between the rocks alongside a small boulder. He ends up near the bottom almost unharmed but with his right hand trapped between the boulder and the wall. After much time spent trying to move and free his hand, he realises he is stuck, there's nobody around to help him and he begins running out of food and water quickly. He spends his time thinking about family, friends and a recent romantic relationship as well as filming himself doing short video blogs. All we can do as the audience is sit and watch what he will do next.

              This film could so easily have been very boring and long winded with the basic storyline of a man stuck between two rocks, and that could have been it. The film is directed by Danny Boyle who I think made the film incredibly interesting with its in depth thoughts and emotions portrayed by James Franco who played Aron Ralston. The film is very well shot as it could have been a very dark and hard-to-make-out film to watch but it was done really well so it's very easy to watch.

              It's a very thought provoking film, rather than just mindlessly watching it, I found myself sitting there saying "ooh I wouldn't have done that" and "I'd have done this" which is great and I think it shows the film is really well made when it can engage an audience, especially when it's such a basic story with no big special effects or deep plot.

              I watched this film without realising who James Franco (Aron Ralston in the film) was. I didn't realise until I did some research that it was the young man who played Harry Osburn in Spiderman. I hadn't been mad on him in that film but he's really matured and seems to have progressed greatly in my opinion. His performance in this film is brilliant and I think he got the Best Actor award for this film.

              It is incredibly hard to believe that the film is based on a true story about Aron Ralston who is quite well known for this accident. I've read a little about the real man that this happened to and I think it's unbelievable and really marvellous. I'd love to say more about it but I don't want to give anything away incase you haven't seen the film.

              I only saw the film, I didn't buy it on DVD so I can't review anything on the disc that you get too. Overall, this is a great film, motivational even to see how much the human body can actually withstand and how much willpower I think we all have deep down. I really enjoyed the film and would definitely recommend watching it as it's interesting to see.

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                08.04.2013 15:53
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                A hiker goes out and his arm gets stuck under this huge rock. He fights for his life to survive.

                This Movie was just crazy. I watched this a year ago and I still remember this movie. The movie is also based on a true story. The will to survive something like this is just phenomenal. This is worth watching, but i wouldn't watch this movie again. There is this one scene that is pretty gruesome and disturbing. So be cautious when you watch this movie. The actor does a good job portraying like it was really happening to him. This movie makes you appreciate more of the things that life has to offer. Like even a drink can be a matter of life and death. Though it was pretty dumb of the hiker to not have anyone with him. The movie does have a few valuable lessons that can be learned. Watch how he goes through the problems and how he overcomes all the hardships that he will face during the 172 hours he was stuck there. Most people would have given up, but this guy didn't. Truly a miracle.

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                04.12.2012 03:23

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                Definately a must see.

                James Franco is the star in this incredible film written and directed by Danny Boyle. Aron Ralston, an experienced climber, is enjoying a day in Robbers Roost Canyon doing what he does best when a loose boulder slips and falls down the crevice, pinning his arm against the canyon wall.

                Based on a true story, Aron refuses to give up, trying everything to free himself for the next 127 hours. continuously having flashbacks and thinking about the future, Aron's mind and body are stretched to their limits as he comes close to a meeting with death.

                Having little but a cheap multi-tool knife, the only option left is to cut off his own arm. Using little strength he has left, Aron cuts through flesh and bone, finally freeing himself from the horror he has just faced. With just one arm, Aron manages to climb huge cliff faces and walks for miles before finally finding some horrified hikers and is immediately flown to the nearest hospital.

                This epic tale is a great film and definitely a must see, with the part of Aron played brilliantly by James Franco, and the writing/directing perfected by Danny Boyle. If you get the chance, get comfy and watch in awe as this nail-biting experience immerses you within Aron and makes you question whether you ever want to go rock climbing at all.

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                recommended movie

                I saw this movie 6 months ago. 127 Hours is a good film, written and directed by Danny Boyle. The film stars James Franco who plays Aron Ralston, a mountain climber in real life, are stuck in a boulder in Robbers Roost, Utah, for more than five days in 2003. The film is based on Ralston's autobiography, "Between a Rock and a Hard Place", written by Simon Beaufoy and Boyle and produced by Christian Colson, who worked together in "Slumdog Millionaire", and "John Smithson".

                Aron Ralston (James Franco) managed to save himself from the fierce nature. He never give up. Although he had to climb a high cliff and walked for miles, it did not make him retreat. In times of uncertainty, only the reflection of the past that looms in the eyes of Aron.

                Due to an accident, Aron trapped in a canyon in Utah. he was injured, Aron almost gave up. There was no hope for survival. By the time people realize that Aron is lost, it would be too late. If Aron wanted to live, the only way is to save himself.

                With an injured hand and almost rotting, Aron had no choice. he had to amputate his own hand. And then, he climb the cliffs as high as 65 feet and walked eight miles before he was finally rescued.

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                  14.03.2012 16:24

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                  I saw this movie with my boyfriend a couple of weeks ago and it was incredible. James Franco was great has the leading actor, the last 15 minutes was slightly gory, It was an amazing movie and definitely worth watching, The movie gives you an outlook on life from different perspective than we are use too.Emotions do run very high in the movie. the movie also made me realize the most important things in life which you usually run away from, This movie makes you appreciate life that much more. the message is very strong.

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                  25.02.2012 12:02
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                  A rare Danny Boyle misfire

                  Star - Danny Boyle
                  Certificate - 15
                  Run Time - 94 minutes
                  Country - USA
                  Genre - Adventure
                  Oscars - 6 nominations
                  Rental - 99p a night @Blockbusters
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                  So, 127 Hours, Danny Boyles latest, my current favorite director now a big player in Hollywood and so getting to do the films he wants to do, decent size budgets if need be. Problem is he reverts back to what he knows best and does small niche movies with that bigger budget flexibility, the appeal of seeing some bloke cut his arm off after having it trapped behind a boulder for six days hardly appealing to the masses, especially the squeamish ones. You don't want to be packed into a cinema in the middle seats if you don't like blood and guts and of a nervous disposition for this one, people hauled out on gurneys at the first few screenings. You can imagine the conversation the very likeable Boyle had with the studio executives in his broad Sheffield accent when they asked him what he would like to do next after the amazing success of Slumdog Millionaire, a subtitled movie that bought in an unprecedented $280 million gross, just how good Boyle can be. Oscar winners making that much money, especially with subtitles, are very rare indeed. I admire the fact he only wants to make the films he believes in but it takes some confidence to make this one engaging and palatable.

                  ----The Cast----

                  James Franco ... Aron Ralston
                  Kate Mara ... Kristi
                  Amber Tamblyn ... Megan
                  Sean Bott ... Aron's Friend (as Sean A. Bott)
                  Koleman Stinger ... Aron Age 5
                  Treat Williams ... Aron's Dad
                  Kate Burton ... Aron's Mom
                  Bailee Michelle Johnson ... Sonja Age 10
                  Parker Hadley ... Aron Age 15

                  ----The plot----

                  Canyoneer Aron Ralston (James Franco) is heading off the grid on his mountain bike, leaving behind his worries, mobile phone and friends for the day, the nearby Slot Canyon in the Utah National Park his intended desert playground.

                  Off his bike he meets two pretty college students out hiking, Kristi (Kate Mara) and Megan (Amber Tamblyn), persuading them to come on a short cut and swim in a romantic hidden rock pool (you've seen the clip) called the Blue John cave. The three have fun and agree to meet at a party that weekend, the girls going on their way, Aron continuing his short cut on foot.

                  Clambering across and through a gap on the burnt umber and rich orange smooth rock formation he dislodges a big boulder above him that traps his arm, his forearm squashed to the thickness of cardboard. After screaming for help and freaking out for a while he realizes he is not going to be able to escape or call for help in a hurry.

                  As night sets in its clear he has a major problem, no cell phone, GPS or messages left with friends to tell them where he may be and the two girls the only ones that may raise the alarm at a party and half cut and so none the wiser, so Aron well and truly screwed.

                  With minimal water and food not going to last too long, by day two he is catching drips of rain and deciding what he can use from his rucksack to escape, a penknife and a sharp can edge the most daunting, recording it all on his camcorder. By day four he is dehydrated and hallucinating and beginning to fear the worse as clearly no one has any idea where he is and this may be his grave, he the desert road kill now to be eaten by predators. The final solution is approaching to save his life and it's not pretty, Ralston biting off more than he can chew, if you excuse the pun...

                  ----Result----

                  My first and last Danny Boyle films are the ones I like least, that of this one and that of Shallow Grave. The critics liked 127 hours and it garnered lots of Oscar nominations, including Best Film and James Franco's excellent lead turn for Best Actor, the clear highlight of the film but getting no wins in the shakeout. The dreams and hallucination dimension to the film allows Boyle some artistic license to introduce new characters to make it slightly less claustrophobic and interesting but not enough to make you really like this as a film in my opinion. The limited contents in Franco's rucksack make for blatant product placement opportunities for the films backers throughout as the camcorder and watch model are displayed clearly in most scenes and a well known soda or two in the scenes in-between. These are the sturdy and refreshing products that kept him alive during his impossible ordeal after all so all outward bound adventurers buy them now! The truth is most people die from injuries that are untreated for far too long, not sips of Coca Cola and talking to a Japanese electrical product.

                  The actual act of cutting through his arm is gruesome and graphic enough but sounds far worse so have the fast forward handy guys. Think Pulp Fiction and the blood in the syringe moment and your there or there about. It's also the first time he expresses pain for his arm injury which was another big liberty taken here. It seemed not to hurt for 120 of the 127 hours. Even the Roadrunner would yelp from a boulder that size trapping his tail with a big throbbing carton thumb to follow. For 90 long minutes he is lodged there and we are completely reliant on Danny Boyle's unquestioned directing skills to keep this an interesting feature film and I don't really think it does that.

                  Like Touching the Void, they are amazing stories of the human spirit that need to be told, two extremes of temperatures, one in the icy mountains and glaciers, the other in the desert heat, beautiful wild panoramas to complement. But, ultimately, you know these guys escape their predicament and you suspect they did because they were not 100% honest in what actually happened so they can cash in on what is, in truth, incompetence displayed in their chosen sports. The actual recording of the real events the film is based on remain locked away in Ralston's lawyers safe as they know doubt don't show Aron in a far less than heroic way the movie presents him, Franco playing him as a wise cracking handsome and humorous and pragmatic chap to the last. The reality would be yucky and far from glamorous, a feature film we would never see. But Danny had been waiting four years to do the movie since he was one of a very small group to see the tapes and here it is.

                  Touching the Void, where the two climbers come a cropper in a winter storm in South America, was the far better film because you had the testy dynamic between two men and one having to sacrifice his friend to save his own skin, what made that film, whilst here its just one guy who cant move and slowly realizing he is going to have to hack his arm off with a penknife. To quote Danny Boyle, he describes 127 Hours as "an action movie with a guy who can't move".

                  According to Wikipedia, back in 2004 Aron Ralston went back to the scene of the accident with an American news crew to scatter the ashes of his amputated arm over the boulder that had trapped him. Apparently It took 13 men, a winch, and a hydraulic jack to lift the boulder high enough to retrieve Aron's arm from the canyon, putting into context how trapped he was.

                  For its $18 million budget it did $57 million back, good business. But for me it was a film I couldn't learn to love because of its grim subject matter and so one I will leave you to judge alone by watching it as I'm in the minority. At least he didn't get his penis stuck under a rock! That would be a tougher watch even than Brokeback Mountain for a straight guy like me.


                  -----Ratings------
                  Imdb.com: 7.8/10 from 116,486 users
                  Metacritc.com - 82% critics approval rating
                  Rottentomatos.com - 94% critics approval rating

                  -----Critics----

                  Movienews.com - "Franco's fine, committed performance is undercut by a script that offers no real insight into his character and by those end clips of the real-Ralston doing his thang' one is left to wonder did this life changing miracle change his life at all"?

                  The Sun - "Essentially Franco in a one-man show, and his charm and enthusiasm instantly win us over".

                  The Arizona Message -"It's an incredible performance by Franco, walking the line between what once was enthusiasm but now is manic desperation".

                  The Telegraph "...immaculate in its technical aspects, not just in the way the camera hunts down interesting images but in its pitch perfect casting and ... sound design. This is the sort of movie you admire more for its virtuosity than its story"

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                    25.01.2012 00:14
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                    One man, one rock, one battle for survival. You have never seen anything like this before!

                    For those who do not know, 127 Hours is a biographical film, based entirely on real-life events, from director Danny Boyle. It is also one of the most emotional, gut-wrenching and horrifying 1 hr 50 minutes you will ever spend watching a film! If you can watch the last thirty minutes without your hands over your eyes, squirming in your seat with tears running down your face then you are a better man than me! Because, without giving anything too much away, this is the ultimate story of one mans quest to survive when ALL of the odds are stacked firmly against him and there is quite literally no means of escape!

                    I went into this film kind of knowing already exactly what this was all about. This is because when the main character first wrote of the experiences and events that make up this movie, his book was featured in FHM and they actually held an interview with the author. Even so, nothing could prepare me for what unfolds on screen!

                    Basically, Aron is an extreme sports afficando who specialises in mountaineering and climbing in order to get his kicks. His favourite place in the world is a series of mountains and canyons located in Utah's National Park. On the day that this film starts, fate conspires, through a series of unrelated events, to prevent Aaron from telling anyone where he is going. But that's okay because he knows Blue John Canyon like the back of his hand and he's unlikely to get into any trouble, right? Wrong!!!

                    Mere hours after seperating from some travellers he has met in the extensive maze of canyons, Aron is crossing Blue John Canyon when a rock he is standing on slips, sending him falling down a crevasse. This would be bad enough if it were not for the fact that said boulder then traps him firmly against the interior rock face, crushing his arm in the process. As a volunteer for the Mountain Rescue Services, he knows just how long it could be before he is even reported missing and has to face immediately some cold, hard facts. One: he is on his own with no hope of rescue any time soon. Two: his arm is trapped and he is NOT going anywhere. Three: The only person who can help him is himself and time is running out. Not just because he is quickly running out of vital food and water supplies but also because if he waits too long, he will become too weak to get himself out of this perilous situation from which there appears to be no escape!

                    Of course, he could always try and cut his arm off but all he has to hand is a very blunt pen knife so that's out of the question....right?

                    This is one of the most uncomfortable films I have ever had to watch. Just knowing what has to happen for Aron to survive makes the whole thing often unbearable to endure, the underlying tension flowing through this film is so great. And yet, Danny Boyle does a brilliant job of trying to set the viewer at ease as we see, through a series of flashbacks and memories, some of Aron's happiest moments in his life. You would think that a film where, for the most part, there is only one actor and he unable to move would be boring and lifeless and yet Boyle manages to subtly inject a level of humanity and even sensitivity to the proceedings in the way only he, as one of the finest movie directors of our generation, can. Truly this is an amazing film and one that, although hard to watch at its climax, is still compulsive viewing.

                    I don't think I could ever manage to sit through this film again but one thing is certain. I was riveted to this film and COULD NOT take my eyes off of the screen. And as for James Franco.....this guy really makes the part his own and all I can say is watch this film and you will understand just how good an actor Franco really is.

                    Like I say this was an extremely hard watch...but you know what? The end result was worth it as this film demonstrates just how far one man is willing to go in order to save his own life!!!!

                    Breathtaking...that is the only word I can think to describe it!

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                      "It's me. I chose this. I chose all this. This rock... this rock has been waiting for me my entire life. It's entire life, ever since it was a bit of meteorite a million, billion years ago.."

                      Introduction

                      127 hours is the film representation of the real life story of Aron Ralston and his mountaineering trip to Moab in Utah. The film was released towards the end of 2010 and is based on Ralston's autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place. It is described as a biographical drama film. It was produced and directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle. It currently has a rating of 7.8/10 from 110,061 users on IMDB. I saw this the other day when it was on television so this is a film only review.

                      Plot

                      Aron Ralston (James Franco) is the main character we see throughout the film. He loves the outdoors and mountain climbing in particular. In April 2003, he plans a trip to Blue John Canyon in the secluded region of Moab in Utah. He sets out on a Saturday and he does not tell anyone about his trip before leaving. He meets two other fellow trekkers along the way, Kristi and Megan. He spends some time with them before moving on again on his own. After getting to Blue John Canyon disaster strikes as he falls down a crevice with a small boulder and gets near to the bottom of the crevice virtually unharmed, but with his right hand wedged between the boulder and the crevice wall. He is stuck and there doesn't seem to be anybody around to help him. As his rations of water run out he becomes more and more desperate in his quest for survival. During this time he also recalls moments with family and friends as well as a recent romantic relationship which turned sour. He also films himself during this time with his handycam and uses this as a tool for self reflection. He spends five days in his desperate predicament before he feels he has to resort to drastic measures.

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                      This is a very good film with a well cast leading actor in the shape of James Franco. It is also well shot and this is in quite large part due to producer and director Danny Boyle as well as the cinematography department. The important moments in the film as well as the setting are captured well. The film keeps you interested as you wait to see what happens next. It has a good pace to it also. The music is also something that works well with the film. It is not surprising that it was nominated for six academy awards including best picture and best actor for Franco.

                      It is essentially a film about a guy stuck to a rock but it is a lot more than that as you can see when watching. It captures the idea of how things can rapidly change in an instant. It also has plenty of self reflection from Ralston as he comes to terms with his predicament. It has one gruesome scene which may not be for those of a squeamish nature but is otherwise free of this. Overall it is highly recommended and I would give it 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars overall.

                      Directed by: Danny Boyle

                      Produced by: Christian Colson
                      John Smithson
                      Danny Boyle

                      Screenplay by: Danny Boyle
                      Simon Beaufoy

                      Based on: Between a Rock and a Hard Place by
                      Aron Ralston

                      Starring: James Franco

                      Music by: A. R. Rahman

                      Running time: 94 minutes

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                        23.01.2012 14:16

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                        Very uplifting to watch!

                        I was really interested to see this film since I'd heard a lot about it from friends and when surfing the internet. I knew what the film was basically about, but didn't know whether I'd enjoy watching the film knowing that it's about such a traumatic experience.

                        James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, who comes across as a very laid back, fun-loving guy looking for travel adventures. He doesn't tell anybody where he's going but ends up in a very beautiful, but isolated canyon in Utah. He meets two girls briefly before falling down a crack in the canyon where a large boulder traps him there after it becomes lodged between his arm and the canyon. What follows is the "127 hours" till he makes it out. There were many moments where I wanted to turn away - it was a hard film to watch, especially knowing that it's based upon true events. He records his experience despite the dwindling battery life of his camcorder. I have to say, the most humorous moments of the film often occur in these small spaces of time where he pokes fun at himself for being in such a situation as he records. He is forced to live with barely any water or food for over 5 days - you can only imagine what it would be like and I feel that James Franco managed to portray it quite well. After watching the film, I felt very uplifted. It's not a film I would want to watch many times over, but nevertheless, I really enjoyed it. The filming was absolutely beautiful. There are so many moments where you watch it and just dream about going to the same spot to see those things. It was filmed extremely well filmed - they managed to portray everything vividly and realistically - you could imagine all these things happening which made me feel that the film was reasonable true to the real life events. Overall I really enjoyed it. It was a brilliantly touching film showing human resistance in extreme circumstances. I actually watched it just yesterday when it was show on terrestrial television. I envisage that sometime today I will be reading more about this real-life story. (NB* I would aware this film 4.5 stars.) Hope this review helped!

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                        21.01.2012 23:26
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                        Great film, relies more on the storyline&reality than good filming though!!

                        This was quite an odd film about a very unique and lone-wolf type man. It was based on the real story, which makes it much more thrilling!
                        Ot truly shows us the strength of the human character and out will to live, also how quickly everything we know and deem to be important in our lives can suddenly be hanging by a thread as life slowly slips away - in that situation it makes you wonder whether you could find the strength, after being trapped by a boulder for five days with no food and little water, to cut off your own arm with a blunt knife?
                        As unlikely as it seems , it happened to this guy. Often i found myself gripping my seat, and the scene where he saws of his arm is gruesome and vivid but really shows the reality of it. The friend I was watching it with went and bought a £25 army knife after watching the agonisingly slow process of him using such a blunt knife!!!!
                        Well worth watching

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                          10.01.2012 20:49

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                          Good movie, journey although slow, watch as it is true story

                          This movie is based on the true story of Aaron Rolston, who went on a walking holiday and did not tell anyone where he was going. He ended up falling and getting seriously trapped by a rock and went through a series of emotions with death staring him in the face.

                          Whilst trapped you go through the emotions with him and wonder what he will try next to release frre from the rock and at the same time willing him to try something else...because obviously you think you have a better idea sitting on your sofa watching the TV.

                          There are a few flashback scenes through which you get to know who Aaron is and the kind of person he is, and why he is where he is at being tested to the maximum. This all leads to the end of the movie and how Aaron actually sets himself free. I found this uncomfortable to watch, including closing my eyes at times!

                          Although you are going through a journey with Aaron, I found parts of it a little slow, and I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out how he actually escaped.

                          I don't think it is one I would watch again but would certainly recommend as a DVD watch. Has to be seen simply because it is a true story but not because it is a brilliant piece of movie. Not really the kind of movie where you would have your friends round and pizza on the go though...

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