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Friday, November 12, 2010

127 HOURS

By D.E.Levine

Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy (screenplay); Aron Ralston (book)
Cast: James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Sean Bott, Koleman Stinger, Treat Williams, John Lawrence, Kate Burton, Bailee Michelle Johnson, Rebecca C. Olson, Parker Hadley, Clemence Posey, Fenton Quinn, Lizzy Caplan et al.
Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson and Jon Smithson
Executive Producers: Bernard Bellew, Lisa Marie Falcone, Francois Ivernel, John J. Kelly, Cameron McCracken and Tessa Ross
Co-producer: Tom Heller and Gareth Smith
Associate Producer: Diamuid McKeown
Original Music: A.R.Rahman
Running Time: 93 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Drama

A few years ago (2003) Aron Ralston made the news because when his arm became trapped under a boulder while he was hiking alone in a canyon near Moab, Utah.

After many hours of suffering and hallucinating, when he realized that his arm was dying and poisoning his body, he cut through the bone and amputated the arm, wrapped up the stump and hiked back through the canyon until he found help.

Hacking off his arm undoubtedly saved his life, since the arm's circulation had been shut off and gangrene had set in. The experience was and as told, is gut wrenching.

127 Hours covers the time between Ralston's start of his hike, through the accident and through his rescue.

There are numerous flashbacks about his life and some extremely gory scenes when he severs the arm.

Despite other actors that appear briefly in scenes prior to the accident and in flashbacks, essentially it is James Franco playing Aron Ralston who carries the film and in the end, the inspirational message it achieves.

This film will not appeal to everyone and even those with strong stomachs may have difficulty with the amputation scenes.

It is simultaneously fascinating and repulsive to viewers. Because it's a difficult film to watch one has to wonder why viewers would want to subject themselves to the ordeal.

While Franco gives an amazing performance, the film itself may have a limited audience because of the very gory scenes.

However, this is a film, an a performance by Franco, that is well worth seeing and should not be missed.