127 Hours is based on a true story. It stars James Franco as a rock climber who slips into a crack and gets his hand pinned between a boulder and a wall, and has to eventually cut it off to escape.
You may wonder : How do you make a movie about one person being trapped alone in one place trying to escape for over 5 days interesting. This movie will show you how. You will not be thinking “why doesn’t he just do this or that”. This guy tries everything to escape with the tools that he has on him. This movie is entertaining, intense, and exhausting at the same time. It is a hard movie to watch at times, knowing that a persons life is slipping away. But through his point of view and thoughts, this movie avoids the pitfall of lapsing into boredom or repetitiveness.
James Franco obviously has to carry this film, and he does a great job of it. Demonstrating a full range of emotions and being easy to relate to, he makes the movie work very well. The movie has some creative, interesting camerawork and a soundtrack that I found entertaining and works well with the movie. Also the story is very straightforward and contained. It starts with him leaving to go on his trip and ends not long after his ordeal is over.
Another great film from director Danny Boyle, who I think has made films in a wider variety of genres and tones of any director I can think of. Most directors stick to one genre or style. This makes for a much more interesting body of work than most directors.
Don’t let the fact that this movie is a little difficult to watch stop you from seeing this great movie.
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