127 Hours (2010) Director: Danny Boyle
127 Hours is very nearly a documentary of one man’s survival. The title refers to the time from the main character’s accident to when he was rescued and put under anesthesia.
It tells the story of Aron Ralston, a hiker played by James Franco, who gets trapped in Canyonlands National Park in Utah. It based on the 2004 memoir by Ralston appropriately called Between a Rock and a Hard Place. He meets a couple of hikers until they part ways and he goes off alone only to quickly fall down a ravine where his arm gets jammed between rocks. He makes various efforts to wrangle it free, while trying to keep his sanity and ration his food. He makes a video diary of his time at the bottom of the ravine and he hallucinates and has various flashbacks. The film’s story is told brilliantly. Eventually, he must break his arm in several places and slowly amputate it, climb down a ravine, before he finds a random family who goes in search of help.
Danny Boyle is, of course, the director of other notable British films like 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire.
Like Into the Wild the film is a cautionary tale about the dangers posed by mother nature, who is indifferent to the well-being of man. There are some small changes from the story of Ralston, but not many. It is a well-told film that apparently put James Franco through quite a trial.