Stars:James Franco, Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara
"A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive."
"Every Second Counts"
The triumphant and inspiring true story of Aron Ralston,A trapped climber who went to unthinkable measures to survive,is brought to the screen by Academy Award winning and visionary Director Danny Boyle who two years ago swept the most of the major Academy awards with "Slumdog Millionare" and has made some iconic British classics such as "Trainspotting" and brought the Zombie genre back into vogue in 2002 with "28 Days Later" ,Boyle is one of my favourite Directors and is always reliable to make a an amazing film with an enthralling story and terrific style, In my opinion with 127 Hours Boyle has outdone himself by making arguably his greatest film. Boyle has made a remarkable film that both inspires and touches the audience with a phenomenal lead performance from James Franco.
The story on which the film is based is a horrifying affair about a man trapped for five days with limited supplies and an impending sense of death, To make a film out of this story would be difficult but I think Boyle along with writer Simon Beaufoy have made the best possible film out of the situation, The film is always intense even though we know the characters fate and where the story is going. With a film based on a story like this there is a serious danger of the film being slow, dry and dull but Boyle keeps the audiences on their feet the entire time using his usual visual flare with flashback sequences giving us information about Ralston and how he came to be in the predicament he’s in and also some humour delivered by Franco as he comes to terms with his situation along with emotional scenes and offcourse the unthinkable climax.
James Franco is a great actor having given good performances in multiple films but with this film he may have given the performance of a lifetime, He is so perfect and likeable in this role that you forgive all the flaws in Ralston’s personality like selfishness and ignorance as you completely support and hope for his escape, Franco has the unenviable task of carrying most of the film with him being the only actor on screen and does an amazing job the whole way through.
127 Hours was only behind David Fincher’s “The Social Network” as my favourite film of 2010,Danny Boyle has done a phenomenal job and has done a great deal of justice to Aron Ralston’s incredible Story and James Franco’s performance is absolutely amazing!