Another movie review from the archives and this one is from 2010 when I saw 127 Hours at the cinemas. The only reason I go back and repost my archive reviews is when I happen to re-watch that film, or I’m lazy and haven’t got around to watching and then writing about a new film. This time this fits squarely in the latter, but I do have a trip to the cinemas booked in for tomorrow night, so expect a fresh review for a new film soon.
Like I’ve said a thousand times, in fact I just wrote about it in my last review (did I?), I love true stories. It’s very rare for fictional stories to take me to an overly high emotional state, unless the director is just a genius that is. So, for me, anything that’s based on truth is a joy to watch and even after the film it opens up a world of research, looking into the true story and how it really went down.
Though there is a drawback to seeing films based on reality, as often I already know the ending and any major tense scenes can lose their impact when knowing what’s going to happen. For example, I might already know the main person survives what might be a very tense situation because their survival story is well documented.
This was very much the case going into 127 Hours, and is why there’s no point hiding what happens in the story in this review as it’s been heavily publicised since the true events happened. Still, it would have been interesting to have seen the film as a blank slate.
“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 he ever had the chance to meet?”
I had recently seen another similarly themed movie, Buried, about a lone character isolated for the majority of the film, and part of me wasn’t really in the mood for another harrowing ordeal, which I knew this film would be. But, like Buried, I knew this could also be me witnessing an amazing performance by a young actor yet to get the full acclaim they deserve.
With James Franco delivering, at the very least, an Academy Award nominated performance (which in fact he did get), this film just oozed quality. From the risky, but brilliant, directing from Danny Boyle, and the lead performance that kept me captivated until the end, I couldn’t help but be affected by this film.
From the time he ‘popped’ off the rock until the time he was found and rescued, I struggled to keep in the tears as it had built up so much tension to the point that you couldn’t help but feel some sort of relief that he was out; it was as if it was you who had been trapped by that rock. This was simply a great film and I sure hope it picks up some nominations this year (it got 6 in the end).
Though I can’t think of this film the same after seeing the meme that reads, “If you watch 127 Hours backwards, it’s actually the uplifting story of an amputee finding an arm in the desert”, which does put a rather positive and hilarious spin on the whole thing.
9 out of 10 from me!!!