“127 Hours” is not a film for the faint hearted or the weak stomached.
Danny Boyle’s telling of this inspiring story is far from a simple retelling.
Adventure seeker Aron Ralston’s story is widely known. When faced with the choice of either dying or doing whatever it took to live, Ralston chose life.
The film, however, is not just about this one decision.
Ralston (James Franco) is not portrayed just as an inspiring example of the power of the human spirit.
He is held accountable for his actions, and is just as responsible for his predicament as the small boulder pinning his right arm to the canyon wall.
Despite Ralston’s serious situation, the film’s descension into madness, heavy-duty moments of self-examination and some hard to watch attempts at survival, “127 Hours” never becomes bogged down in a wave of sadness and self-pity.
This is in large part thanks to James Franco’s portrayal of Ralston.
Franco’s performance ranges from happy-go-lucky to way past the borderline of delusional, and is always completely believable.
His emotion seems so genuine that you find yourself wondering if he will in fact make it out alive. and at times (believe it or not) even laughing.
Ralston’s journey in these 127 hours is painful both emotionally and physically, yet Franco keeps you watching (yes, even through the amputation).
Yes, it’s an inspiring story about an individual’s battle to survive no matter what, but it’s also a lot more.
The moral of the story is not simply just to always leave a note (although you should), but to not go it alone.
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