Release date: November 12, 2010
Director: Danny Boyle
Book by: Aron Ralston
Screenplay by: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
Cast: James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Clémence Poésy, Lizzy Caplan
After his crowning as Best Director for Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle is back with 127 Hours, the story of Aron Ralston (Franco), the man whose arm gets trapped under a rock in the middle of nowhere for five days.
And I know this might be a spoiler to some, but the film does go “there” and you see everything. It’s horrific.
Because of its premise, man trapped in one location for an unbearable period of time, 127 Hours gets compared to Buried a lot. Having said that, both are very different films. For one, 127 Hours isn’t constrained to just one physical space throughout the whole film.
In it, Franco plays Ralston as a smug nothing-can-get-me-down adventurer. And we see glimpses of his life through flashbacks, which aren’t enough to get us to care much about Ralston as a character. Though, the film is good enough to get us to think, “Oh my God, what would I do in his position?” In that sense, it is a lot less angering than Buried, and a lot less thrilling as a movie.
127 Hours is pretty beautiful to look at, even when trapped in that ditch in the mountain. However, the editing became a little heavy as the movie progressed, and became pretty boring to transition through those flashbacks.
Overall, the film is good enough for a watch and has pretty nice use of music, but it’s not strong enough to stick with you longer than a day… even with Franco’s performance.