For March 23rd- 127 Hours

I apologize for the break in recent posts, as my lack of tenacity for writing recently has been noticeable.

Anyway, 127 Hours is one of several movies that I’ve missed over the past few years due to large amounts of busy-ness. I’ve been meaning see a lot more of the award-winning stock that has piqued my interest, but it’s difficult to convince other, less nerdy people to go on these cinematic adventures. Basically, many of the people I go to movies with would take some convincing to pay to go see high-minded movies like this one.  And to be fair, I’m not sure if this is really the kind of movie that would in any way be oriented towards appeasing normal movie theater audiences

Story/Writing: 2/2

Based on a true story, most of the plot revolves around Aron Ralston (Franco) during his entrapment in an isolated canyon in Utah. While he is alone and waiting for help, Aron is able to examine his life, and he decides that he must make his own escape if he wants to live. This escape, however, requires him to attempt something he never imagined.

Acting: 2/2

James Franco keeps things interesting on screen, as his character is the exclusive focus of the entire film. Others are good in the supporting cast and in Aron’s flashbacks.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

The photography takes on a really interesting split-screen approach from the beginning, and continues it throughout. The set has a hard time keeping cool after the first act.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

The soundtrack goes back and forth between awesome and weird. The visual effects are good too, purveying the loneliness and highlighting the gruesomeness of the ordeal.

Misc: 2/2

A very satisfying movie with a good ending.


Good for anyone who likes well-acted dramas with feel-good endings, or really just good movies in general.


About svolkmer

Photographer. Filmmaker. Nice guy.
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