127 Hours


(out of 5)

This unforgettable film by Danny Boyle gives flesh and blood to a memorable news headline from 2003, when Aron Ralston was rescued after being trapped under a rock for five days; the reason why it was news is because Ralston spent the entire time of his ordeal with his arm pinned beneath an unmovable stone, and eventually cut it off in order to save himself.  is terrific as Ralston, bounding about the Utah rock formations he calls his second home before a split-second mishap plummets him down a ravine and into days of living hell, in which his physical deterioration comes along with a mental recap of his life’s best and worst moments. Boyle really kicks the photography and editing into high gear in order to make the experience as cinematic as possible, then devastates the audience with a graphic detailing of the act that gave this story its newsworthy significance; make no mistake about it, the film is not appropriate for squeamish viewers, and anyone who thinks they can handle gore in trashy horror movies has no idea what they’re in for here. For anyone who can manage to endure this spectacular ordeal, however, the film is an engrossing, spiritually elevating experience that celebrates one person’s desire to reach for a second chance at life. Much of the deep feeling the film engenders is thanks to Boyle’s unwavering devotion to character despite his obsession with technical innovation, the rest is taken care of by the charismatic star.

Pathé, Everest Entertainment, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films, Darlow Smithson Productions, Dune Entertainment, Big Screen Productions, Film4

USA/United Kingdom, 2010

Directed by

Screenplay by Danny Boyle, , based on the book Between a Rock and A Hard Place by

Cinematography by ,

Produced by , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by Suttirat Anne Larlarb

Film Editing by

Academy Awards:  2010

Golden Globe Awards:  2010

Independent Spirit Awards 2010.  

Toronto International Film Festival:  2010



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