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Mainstream - 127 Hours

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Starring: James Franco
Director: Danny Boyle
Writers: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011
Run Time: 94 minutes

Aron Ralston strikes me as the kind of fellow who is probably does not slow down - Ever. Played flawlessly by James Franco, Aron Ralston, is an engineer during the week and an adventurer by weekend. He is not a casual adventurer he is a serious guy who is so good he is actually a rescue mountaineer.

The movie 127 Hours is stark, lean and tight. Directed by Danny Boyle the movie follows Aron Ralston from leaving his apartment all the way to Blue John Canyon. The scenery of the movie is as much a character as Ralston. The Canyonlands National Park in Utah, the San Rafael Desert, wildlife and even the sun are all intrinsic to the story of 127 Hours. The essence of the story has been heard many times since a blood covered Aron Ralston stumbled out of Blue John Canyon. Aron was out hiking. He left no itinerary with anyone, he was hiking in what could best be called technical terrain and he got trapped in a slot canyon when a boulder fell on his arm and pinned it to the side of the canyon wall. No one knows where he is, he has limited water, limited food, limited climbing tools and his only knife is a knockoff of a Leatherman multitool.

The most impressive achievement from a cinematic point of view is keeping the viewer engaged for an hour and a half of a man trapped in a canyon. There is a lead in and lead out but the bulk of the movie takes place in the slot canyon. In order for this to work the acting, the direction, the lighting and blocking have to be near flawless and they are. 127 Hour is an absolute must see. 

Denis Bernicky

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