Documenting one man's remarkable struggle to survive against the most harrowing forces of nature, 127 Hours is a gut-wrenching, roller-coaster of a ride.
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Academy Award-winning film director Danny Boyle's latest triumph is set against the barren but beautiful backdrop of the Utah desert. 127 Hours is the true to life reinterpretation of the intense two and a half days mountain climber Aron Ralston spent trapped beneath a bolder down a 65-foot wall, miles from civilization. Recounting and exploring the 28-year-old extreme sportsman's life through flashbacks and hallucinations, Boyle brilliantly depicts the unique and isolated journey Aron endured with emotionally charged finesse.
Starring actor, model, PhD student and i-D cover star James Franco, 127 Hours captures the vulnerability of the human condition without gratuity or melodrama. Meticulously charting Aron's desperate plight as the minutes tick down, food and water supplies depreciate and death slowly creeps closer, Boyle invites the audience into Aron's innermost thoughts, recording his dying sentiments for his loved ones on a hand-held videocamera. Equipped with only a blunting penknife and solid determination, the injured mountaineer frantically chips away by night and day at the huge displaced rock crushing his arm as his strength and hope begin to evaporate under the heat of the midday sun. The film's dramatic end sequence is both brutal and beautiful.