Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) directs “127 Hours”, the true story of Aron Ralston and his fight to stay alive against all odds. James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, a hiker who is traveling through canyons in Utah by himself when he falls and a rock comes down on his arm, trapping him in a small passage in the process. With very little food or water and no one having knowledge of his whereabouts, Aron remains trapped with only a will to survive keeping him alive. Aron must struggle to stay sane and figure out a way to free himself from the rock or die alone in one of the many openings along the canyon. James Franco and Danny Boyle turn out to be a great combo in one the most emotionally driven films of the year, based on the very real and inspiring true story of Aron Ralston’s experience.
You quickly build an attachment to Franco’s character and really do wish he gets out okay, but anyone who knows the story of Aron Ralston knows that although it’s not all bad in the end, that he still goes through one of the worst possible situations a human being can be put in. The film is very rare in the way it is shot, as it goes through dreams, hallucinations, and even self-shot footage of Ralston throughout. It keeps you entertained the entire time and puts you through an emotional roller coaster till the very last second and has you sincerely hoping he makes it out okay as Franco truly helps you feel the desire Ralston had to stay alive. Ralston goes through the ultimate test having to do whatever it takes to live and breaking down mentally and physically as the film goes on. The climax that the film built up really did its job and will make the majority of the viewers cringe when it happens; it’s very graphic and is everything you would expect and more.
There are times when it adds awkward moments of comedy but it’s almost a necessity as the film takes its toll on you emotionally, and the laughs can sometimes be a nice break from the horrible moments you suffer through with him. Franco delivered possibly his best performance and Boyle has another academy worthy film on his hands. It gave me everything I wanted and more and the ending just brings you the happiness your craving for by that time. The film is a must see and truly one of the greatest inspirational stories put on film.