In 2003, a young American outdoorsman ventured into the arid desert and canyons around Moab, Utah on a weekend excursion. He was alone, ripping across the rocky, undulating landscape on his mountain bike with all the rambunctious exuberance of a young man in love with life and risk. Little did he know that his latest adventure was about to change into one of the most compelling stories of courage and survival.
In his follow-up to the immensely successful, Academy Award®-winning Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle has turned to the true story of Aron Ralston, who found himself fighting for his life after his right hand was crushed and trapped by a boulder in a freak accident. Despite his Herculean attempts to move the rock, Aron’s luck seemed to have run out.
How does one make a film about a man stuck in one place, struggling to avoid the inevitable? In what is essentially a one-man show – and James Franco is extraordinary in his portrayal of the famed adventurer – Boyle has stretched his extraordinary talents to their fullest. Initially, Aron is almost bemused by his fate, and draws on all his climbing skills to set up a system of pulleys using his one good hand. As every attempt to move the boulder fails, and as his water supply starts to run dry, Aron drifts into reveries of his past and fantasies of possible escapes. He records his thoughts with the camcorder he brought with him. Relying on his wits and facing certain death, he is finally forced to the conclusion that there is only one way out.
Full of visual invention that exhibits a kinetic sense of cinema, complemented by a superb score from Slumdog collaborator A.R. Rahman, Boyle has followed up one great success with another. –TIFF
With an eclectic array of films to his credit, director Danny Boyle emerged from his native England to become one of the most celebrated and revered filmmakers of independently-minded cinema. Ever since his emergence onto the world stages with “Trainspotting” (1996), his stark, but viciously funny look at a group of heroin-addicted friends living in Edinburgh, Boyle managed to chart his own unique path without having to bow to studio pressures. Though he dipped his toe into Hollywood waters with his underwhelming adaptation of “The Beach” (2000), Boyle nonetheless created frenzied and highly-stylized films that also depicted three-dimensional characters often struggling with human vices and weakness. With his luminously praised horror film, “28 Days Later” (2003), and his surprisingly soft-hearted children’s fantasy, “Millions” (2005), Boyle proved adept at shifting genres without losing the voice he established in his previous efforts, making him one of the most talented and eagerly… read more
This story twinned with Boyle & Franco should've been enough to warn me off however I am always willing to be surprised. Not to worry, you'd think that a film about a person fixed in 1 place would force Boyle to engage honestly with the human condition instead he flails around like a blind octopus trying to find the light switch, throwing the camera everywhere & anywhere except for where it matters.
What's not to love about the location and scenery - beautifully shot. James Franco had my attention throughout; for all the crap that gets thrown at Franco by the "entertainment media", he marches to his own drum and possesses a lot more talent than he's given credit for. As for the film, Franco carried it beautifully.
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A little disclaimer from all the (very likely) outraged Flixster friends of mine, I am not a fan of Danny Boyle’s style of direction. Yes, I would wholeheartedly agree with everyone who says that he… read review
Creating a film whose running time is almost entirely encompassed by one man stuck in a crevice is a difficult task to take on. It is also one that provides a lot of opportunity. Danny Boyle hits some… read review
127 Hours, A-
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127 Hours is the true story of Aron Ralston, a mountain climbing enthusiast who’s arm was stuck… read review