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127 Hours - quick review

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#1 of 2 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted December 03 2010 - 12:03 PM

Based on a true life story, James Franco plays Aron Ralston, a happy-go-lucky young guy with an engineering background, who loves to go caverning and exploring of caves and crevices in the earth.  Aron stumbles into a crack in the earth, and his right arm is trapped by a small-sized boulder (probably a bit larger than one of those stretchy exercise ball that can be used for core training, and it's a lot heavier than the exercise ball).  The film basically goes through Aron's journey of staying alive, and what he does to finally extricate himself from the situation.

Danny Boyle keeps this film from feeling really depressing and mauldin with an assortment of visually interesting ways of exploring Aron's feelings and recollections of good times and regrets throughout his 127 hour ordeal.  It's really good visual storytelling.  James Franco is also up to the task of taking us through Aron's emotional journey and stressful physical demands of not only being trapped, but dealing with starvation and dehydration all the while running through all the simple things in life we take for granted in terms of being able to get to the basic human needs of food, water, and sleep.

I give it 3.5 stars, or a grade of B+.

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#2 of 2 OFFLINE   Kazz


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Posted December 10 2010 - 06:57 AM

127 hours seems like a gripping and touching movie.  I will definitely put it on my to see list.