127 Hours of Entertainment Packed into Two

The movie 127 Hours was recently release on November 24 on limited screens and I had the opportunity to watch the film last week over Thanksgiving break.

127 Hours, directed by Danny Boyle, follows the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston (played by James Franco), who went hiking near Moab, Utah in 2003. (Contains spoilers  .)While hiking, a boulder pinned his arm against a canyon wall, trapping him. He had not told anyone his whereabouts. For more than five days Ralston struggled to free his arm from the rock as he recorded himself on his handheld camera. In the end, (spoiler alert) he resorted to cutting his arm off to free himself. This scene was fantastically done. When he was finally set free from the rock, the audience felt free as well.

There was so much about the movie that I liked. The camera shots were well thought out and interesting. In addition, the use of Ralston’s handheld camera made for extraordinary interaction with the main character allowing the audience to learn a lot about him. Franco’s performance was exceptional. After watching the movie, viewers felt like they were his friend.

Even if you are a squeamish type of person, 127 hours is still well worth the watch. The moral of the story is this: tell someone where you are going before you walk out the door. And bring a pocket knife.