127 Hours by Danny Boyle starring James Franco is an experience you should not miss it at any cost.
The above line could summarize my entire review of the film 127 Hours. But the movie is lot more than one thinks. The movie is based on true events of mountaineer Aaron Ralston who in 2003 on a bike cum mountaineering trip in Utah’s canyons gets trapped inside a crevice. His right hand gets tuck under a rock which refuses to move an inch and he remains trapped like that without any help, with little water and food to survive for 127 hours that is about 5 days and more. He ultimately emerges out of the place by amputating his right hand and climbing his way back up before being rescued by some other adventurers. It is one hell of a story of a fighting survivor, who fights against all odds and never gives up.
Just thinking about being stuck in a canyon for days without food and water and with your hand stuck under a rock gives us shivers. Imagine living it and actually coming out of it after cutting our own hand and surviving the entire episode. The scenario is what nightmares are made of. Aaron Ralston did all that and more. He continued his ‘never-say-die’ attitude in life, continued mountaineering and even went to the same canyon once again just to pay tribute to his lost hand.
The scene in which he amputates his hand is not for the faint hearted and you as an audience actually cringe at that sight. The director makes you feel everything what James Franco as Aaron goes through. The state of his mind, the hallucinations, the erotic dreams, the body behavior. Everything is captured in a perfect way. The movie does remind one of the fantastic ‘Castaway’ featuring Tom Hanks stranded on an island for years and surviving it. This movie is similar in the theme to that where the lead never gives up the hope of survival and fights through pain to survive the ordeal.
James Franco as Aaron Ralston is just brilliant and you just cant imagine anyone else in his place. He lives the role and deserves every accolade he gets. Danny Boyle’s direction is nice and he captures the vast expanse of Utah canyons and top angle shots beautifully to make one feel the loneliness of the character and his amazing will to fight. The detailing is quite brilliant. The story is simple and is aided by decent and energetic background score by A R Rehman, although I did find the score bit jarring at times and breaking suddenly at other times.
Overall its a movie one should not miss just to see the triumph of a hero. Aaron Ralston is a true hero, he is a legend !!
My Ratings- 8.5/10 – Unmissable Movie for the sheer energy of James Franco and a never say die attitude of Aaron Ralston