127 Hours (94 min)
How you make a movie about a man who gets stuck between two rocks an hour and a half and have it be even remotely interesting and have it grab and keep hold of your attention the whole time is beyond me. But director Danny Boyle (director of the 2009 best picture winner Slum dog Millionaire) does it with careless ease in “127 Hours”. The movie is real and intense with a fantastically consistent and Oscar worthy performance by James Franco, who plays this young explorer Aron Ralston who has explored these Utah canyons for years and they have been good to him through the years as it shows flashbacks from his past experiences there. His dad would take him there as a kid and it seems, with some of the flashbacks that he met his first love there and lost his virginity there along with a bunch of other fond memories. He is there all the time. It is his second home. Not so much now. After this experience he goes through he may never want to go back ever again, and after you leave this movie you will never take life for granite again, and you will especially not take water for granite again. You will also never leave your house again without telling at least one person where you are going and you will never go hiking in the canyons of Utah without your Swiss Army knife. Curse that darn forgotten knife. “127 Hours” is rated R for language and some disturbing violent content/bloody images.