Last night I watched 127 hours. I’d heard that it was an incredible movie, but if I’m perfectly honest I thought it was a man who liked to climb rocks. That’s what the movie poster suggests, and what the movie’s intro suggests. However, the main character, Aron Ralston, soon falls down a crack in Blue Canyon and finds his arm jammed under a falling boulder. My first thought was ‘F***! That’s gotta be painful.’ and he wasn’t even screaming! Now my curiosity is piqued but I’m still pretty confused as to what this movie is about. How could you fill one and a half hours with the story of a man trapped by a boulder waiting to be rescued? Well it turned out to be one of the most incredibly inspiring stories I’ve ever watched.
Essentially 127 hours is all about Aron Ralston (Franco), because he’s the only person stuck in the crack in a rock. As he’s stuck there he reflects upon some important moments in his life and he records some video clips with messages for the people he loves in case the tape is ever found. He tries and he tries to get himself free but eventually he has to accept the fact that he’s never going to move the boulder, and even he could his arm would be useless after days without circulation, so he faces the only option left.
Amputating his own arm.
This was the most shockingly disturbing thing I’ve ever seen. I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat with my face in my hands, peeking every now and again. Watching a man cutting his own arm off is difficult (obviously not as hard as doing it!), so a big thumbs up to James Franco who represented Aron Ralston absolutely phenomenally.
I won’t tell you how the story ends but this truly is a one-of-a-kind movie (one would expect nothing less from Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionaire) that shows you just how resilient and brave humans can be. That said, it’s probably not for everyone as it is rather disturbing and gory in places.
The most incredible thing, however, is that 127 hours is a true story. What’s more, Aron continued to climb even after his accident! He hasn’t let this terrifying experience damper his spirit and he lives a happy life with his family in America. His first child was born in February 2010.
This movie was released in November USA, but is new to British screens. Now go and watch it!