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Sunday, September 2, 2012

127 Hours Movie Review

127 Hours will make any person value their next sip of water. Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy work together yet again to deliver a heart wrenching film on the heroic journey of Aron Ralston (Jame Franco) to survive a near death tragedy.

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Dan Boyle's (Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine, and 28 Days Later) 127 Hours will make every person value their next sip of water. Director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire and The Full Monty) work together, yet again, to deliver a heart-wrenching movie to moviegoers, conveying the meaning of life in the darkest hours of a man's will to survive. 127 Hour depicts the true life story of Aron Ralston (James Franco), who experiences a near-death experience while hiking in the Moab, Utah's canyon side. An avid outdoor and nature man, Aron takes a hiking journey as well as an exhilarating mountain biking adventure across the beautiful canyon setting. He hangs out with two young girls and goes on a solo hiking adventure, leading him down a dark canyon dungeon to test his courage and will to survive a near-death experience.

Aron is pumped up about his upcoming trip to Moab, Utah. He ignores the ringing phone. Aron's mission is to reach the Moab Canyons to explore the canyons and to enjoy the scenery. Aron records his entire trip in order to reflect back on the adventures in the future. Any person can feel the excitement through the vivid environment. Aron races across the canyon floor on his speedy mountain bike, covering a vast distance in a short amount of time. Boyle's visual techniques show a visionary modeling auteur theory at its best. The audience engages on Aron's mountain bike ride maneuvers to his skilled footwork while racing across the canyon surface.

Aron meets two young girls who are lost. He approaches the girls with a bandana covering his mouth, almost appearing as some serial killer on the loose. Nonetheless, Aron displays mannerism and is a genuine guy. The two girls realize that Aron knows how to have fun. Aron takes the girls on a cavern dip through the cracks in fresh water lake beneath the canyons. At the same time, every second is recorded with a durable camcorder. The girls invite Aron to a party with an inflatable Scooby. Aron is already astral projecting his mind to the party.

Climbing through the cracks of a steep canyon side, Aron dislodges a one-ton boulder. He slips into the deep crack, with the boulder falling with a shadow-like effect. In perfect precision, the boulder pins Aron's right arm against a stone-based wall. Aron's is in shock, but remains fully functional to realize the severity of the event. A bottle of water people take for granted is all that keeps Aron alive the next 127 hours.

To this point in time, the audience can feel the pain. They look down at their arm to thank God it's there. A soft drink, water, and any cold and warm beverage next to their side is viewed as the essence of life. Aron can only imagine a perfect escape, but must rely on his past memories to help him realize the value of his life. A movie about one man's survival in a deep canyon is much more than entertainment; it is the representation of a real life journey depicting the essence of life.

Boyle employs a few astral projection techniques to temporarily remove Aron's mind from the horrors of reality.  His speaks to his camera to record what he believes is his the last moments. You show nothing but respect for Aron's courage and will to survive. Aron must drink his urine to remain hydrated. He contemplates whether to do the unthinkable to escape the boulder, leading the audience up to the ultimate climax.

Aron maintains hope, surviving long enough to free himself from a one-ton boulder. He must improvise the escape with a dull pocketknife made in China. You will want to turn away during this excruciating experience. It is far too hard to watch Aron performing a non sterile procedure, but you soon discover this is no ordinary man. He is brave hero who deserves to live. Even after freeing himself, he thanks God for giving him a chance to survive. Most people would curse and yell. Many more would probably give up their will to live. Even so, Aron must climb up the steep bank, and hike several miles to reach help.

127 Hours is a movie that chronicles a mind-boggling journey a man must take to survive a near-death experience. Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy make movies with courage and conviction, testing the waters of fate to show the fight it takes a deliver his journey to escape death to fruition. 127 Hours transcends into a one man's fight to survive a life he wants to live.

I admire Aron's courage to never give up on living, even though he would have to eliminate a part of his physical body to be given a second chance to redeem his mistakes. After watching the movie, one will appreciate the life essentials taken for granted such as food, water, family and friends. Aron Ralston is an American hero who deserves respect for his courage and fight to survive a tragic event.           
     

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