If you can stomach a bit of blood and gore then Danny Boyle's 127 Hours is a really great movie. If you can't, I suggest you watch it anyway but just avert your eyes during those bits. It's not easy to make a good movie out of a true story and a lot of people are cynical about it particularly when Hollywood gets involved but this film really is worth a watch. I know some people didn't want to see this movie because they've watched the documentary about it and feel like that's more real but I would say watch it all the same.
The movie is based on the true story of Aron Ralston who got trapped by a boulder while canyoneering in Utah in May 2003. The film was based on Ralston's book "Between a Rock and Hard Place" so it's a pretty accurate account of his experience. And you see footage of the real Aron Ralston at the end of the movie so it got his stamp of approval.
It was a very engaging, intense and beautiful piece of cinema and you really do feel for the main character Aron, played by James Franco. His performance was fantastic (plus he's pretty nice to look at ). I can't imagine it's easy to keep audiences engaged with a nearly two hour long monologue. It must have been a very challenging role to play as he goes through a series of different emotions and breaks the character down.
I won't give the plot away entirely but Aron resorts to desperate measures to try and get out of his tight fix with the boulder, even resorting to drinking his own urine. Of course, you already know the ending given that Aron Ralston has lived to tell the tale but his journey really is a jaw-dropping one and an undeniably amazing feat of bravery.
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