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127 Hours Leaves no Stone Unturned!!!

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“127 Hours” is a story of a man, a boulder, and the most unlikely movie sidekick since Wilson, a water bottle. Outdoorsman Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) true life and death predicament is captured in HD life by Danny Boyle, once again bringing the hyperdrive urgency that made “Slum Dog Millionaire” and “Millions” go beyond the confines of their genres. In this tale of survival, free-sprit Ralston, on a whim, decides to caynoneer the cavernous mountains of Utah.

While Ralston’s adventure begins enthusiastically as he meets two very lost (and very pretty) hikers, a careless move ends up with his arm trapped by a boulder - talk about being “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” (Seriously, that’s the title of Ralston’s book). The rest of the film depicts Ralston’s ordeal, as the youth seeks a way out while his supplies, and his sanity, start to fade.

James Franco, whose strong supporting role in “Milk” showed he can do more than fly around in a Green Goblin glider, is starting to become a solid leading man. Franco’s comedic timing serves well in Ralston’s moments of mirth and desperation, while his dramatic chops are also improving. However, unlike the real Ralston, Boyle doesn’t leave his lead to completely fend off for himself: by meticulously timing flashbacks with real time anxiety, Boyle lets Franco’s performance become more dynamic and complex, one that might have been more difficult for the young star to pull off left asunder like Tom Hanks ("Castaway") or even Sam Rockwell ("Moon").

As for Danny Boyle, he incorporates various facets of his previous works to tell Ralston’s tale, and in doing so, brings a surreal, soundtrack driven movie that keeps the intensity at a high level. “127 Hours” feels like a cinematic exercise for the British director: a collection of split screen, camera hi-jink vignettes that Boyle has perfected since his “Shallow Grave” days. Boyle is among the few directors that succeeds in various genres. As for “127 Hours,” it’s a swift test of endurance and hope worthy of the expedition.

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Credits:
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Written by: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
Based on work(s) by: Aron Ralston (novel)
Cast: James Franco, Kate Mara


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