November 27, 2010
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Danny Boyle surprised everyone a few years ago with Slumdog Millionaire. His follow-up is even more exciting. In 127 Hours, he creates a film that explores the mind of a man pined down in a canyon. It takes a truly talented director and crew to make a film that takes place in a small environment watchable. Not only does Boyle succeed, he makes a film that maintains tension throughout.
James Franco does an excellent job of bringing believability and gravitas to the film. The film is the story of Aron Ralston, a man who ended up stranded for 127 hours with his arm wedged in a rock canyon. He manages escape by cutting off his arm with a dull knife. But that’s what we know from all the news reports from when it occurred in 2003.
The film is the story Aron’s survival. Having heard the story before, it doesn’t convey the reality that the film does. You are there, asking yourself the same questions he is and hoping that he won’t have to do the inevitable. Very few films can take place in a single place and have it still resonate. 127 Hours makes the environment tangible.
Brilliantly shot with cinematography that keeps the tension rising until its climax, which is where the tension is almost unbearable. Definitely one of the best films of the year. A film that takes an uncinematic concept and make it rich storytelling. 4.5 out of 5 stars