“127 Hours” is based on the harrowing true events of what happened to Aron Ralston during a hike in canyons in Utah. James Cute-tay Franco plays the real life person of Aron Ralston, who is a young man that loves biking, hiking, and partying. He heads out one day, journeying across and though some canyons. He encounters only two young women on the trip. He shows them a very cool place that has an underground pond where they go swimming/skinny-dipping, and then the girls continue their hike back home. Aron has his camcorder with him and video-blogs his adventure.
Although a very experienced hiker, Aron slips and falls into a deep crevice as a large boulder dislodges. The boulder lands on his hand and arm, pinning it so tightly against the walls of the crevice, he cannot remove it. He is stuck at the bottom, far away from civilization.
Over the next few days/minutes, we witness his trying to survive with little water and food with his sanity slipping away at times. Similar to the movie “Castaway,” there are painfully lonely moments where he can only reminisce, or dream or hallucinate. We hear of his regrets of not returning his mother’s phone calls, and voices that haunt him as he recalls his indifferent attitude toward his last girlfriend. This made me want to cry with my own regrets of things not done or said. He profoundly concludes, “It’s ME. I CHOSE this. This rock has been waiting for me for me, my whole life, for this moment.” He then has a premonition of having a son. This re-energizes him to want to live and free himself from the boulder-trap.
After contemplating cutting off his arm, he finally does it. It was sickening but admirable. I was cooking dinner in my kitchen while watching the movie on Pay-Per-View and it felt so wrong to think about eating anything during this movie. I wanted to look away, but couldn’t.
Franco was perfectly cast for the part. His acting didn’t seem like acting. It just seemed like real life. I guess that is why he was nominated for an Academy Award as best actor. At the end of the movie, we get to see a final shot of the real Aron with his wife and son. It had a truly happy ending.
I liked it a lot. Can you tell?