127 Hours

127 Hours: true story of a climber who got an arm pinned between a boulder and rockface, and did the unthinkable in order to survive. I first heard about Ralston way back here, but never, ever thought it would become a movie (well, at least not the factual part). For being 75 minutes of a man who can’t move, Boyle is superb – utilising every trick and effect in the book to keep the story moving, interesting and avoid reparative profile shots again and again… you’d never think someone stuck in one place could be this cinematic. Franco is great; and gets to cover every kind of acting there is –  overacting, subtlety, madness, super-cool, heroic and desperate… it’s all there, and it’s great to watch. Surprisingly, he’s not the only major thing in this; it may sound stupid but he could share the credits with his arm, video recorder the boulder, water, sweat – which are all personified to perfection and play pretty pivotal roles in the story. My only real problem was a lack of empathy; mostly because the situation would be totally avoidable if you were sensible and cautious! 127 Hours is a great interpretation of an unfilmable story, Franco is fantastico and every second feels like it genuinely counts.

Score: 7.5/10

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4 comments
  1. I would give this the same rating, it doesn’t deserve all the praise and 9 and 10/10 ratings it got, but still a solid film.

    Nice work!

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    • Yea, I think as entertaining as it was (and it was entertaining) the story was always going to be limited being +75 mins in one place. Still a good film.

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  2. imustseemovie.com said:

    what a great movie about courage

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this – but I still remember a bunch of the scenes like it was yesterday.

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