- Format: NTSC
- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Dubbed: Spanish
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Release Date: March 1 2011
- Run Time: 93 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- ASIN: B004K6MGJ8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,777 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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127 Hours (Blu-ray/Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
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Aron Ralston (played by James Franco) is traipsing alone through Utah's Canyonlands National Park, minding his own sweet-natured, loosey-goosey business, when an errant step drops him into a crevasse. That in itself wouldn't be so bad if he hadn't managed to get his right hand stuck between a heavy boulder and the side of the cavern--a cavern that will be his grave, if he doesn't figure out how to get himself out. Danny Boyle's film of this real-life 2003 incident builds up to what we all know is going to happen: Ralston must sever his arm between his elbow and wrist, after a few long, lonely days of avoiding the idea. (Superb casual line delivery by Franco: "So I found this great tourniquet….") Because this is a film by the director of Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting, we can expect a barrage of visual high jinks, despite the fact that this story would seem to be a simple tale of a man stuck in the desert. Boyle deploys flashbacks and fantasies to fill up the screen, plus he gets some mileage out of Ralston's video camera--and, of course, this director can't resist juicing the soundtrack with pop tunes, from Sigur Rós to Edith Piaf to Slumdog composer A.R. Rahman. Maybe Boyle is simply hyperactive, or maybe he's really onto something about what would happen inside the mind of a man left in extremis for an extended period (who wouldn't have a few Boyle-esque hallucinations, under the circumstances?). The cumulative effect is overbearing, but Franco's performance is spirited and endearing--he makes Ralston sufficiently "of life" that you definitely don't want to see this goofball soul be lost. --Robert Horton
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The story's pretty simple, really. Adrenaline-seeking extreme outdoorsman and free spirit Aron Ralston (James Franco) heads out to Utah's Canyonlands National Park to do some biking, hiking, and rappelling. Suddenly, he falls into a crevasse, with his right hand trapped between a gigantic rock and the canyon wall. He knows immediately that he is in extreme trouble because he didn't tell anyone where he was going and the chances of someone else coming along to such a desolate place are few and far between. Even if someone did come, he is trapped near the bottom of what is literally a deep but relatively narrow crack in the earth. He had met a couple of young female hikers earlier that day, showing them the adventure of a lifetime by taking them places and doing things that were most certainly not in the guidebook, but there is little chance his absence at a party they were throwing the next night could ever translate into a rescue effort.
The meaning of the title should be obvious. 127 hours translates to 5 days and 7 hours. Franco truly gives an arresting performance as his character's attempts to free himself give way to a fight just to stay alive in the face of a small and dwindling supply of food and water. Ralston's determined effort not to "lose it" is his only hope of getting out of this situation, enabling him to start rationing supplies from the start. He doesn't waste his energy cursing God or the cruel hands of fate, nor does he ever stop trying to find a way out of the situation. As time goes on, of course, his mental faculties begin to break down, leading to dreams and fantasies intermixing with all sorts of memories from his past. Franco does an amazing job of reflecting all of the emotions of the entire experience, including the bits of madness that inevitably arise. Director Danny Boyle's trademark bits of visual and musical cacophony are a little annoying at first, but they really add great depth to the movie by the end, reflecting both the chaos of modern life and the individual's solitary struggle to survive.
127 Hours is a fantastic and ultimately moving film. The viewer forms a very real and surprisingly tight bond with Ralston, making it impossible to simply walk away from this film and forget about it. Boyle's directorial flourishes combined with Franco's stellar performance lifts this story to the universal level of survival - survival of the spirit as much if not more so than the body itself. Must-see films are rare these days, but 127 Hours is definitely one of them.
is public knowledge so there’s no real suspense in the traditional sense. But
between the brilliant direction by Danny Boyle, and the smashing performance
by James Franco this transcends to be not a film of suspense, but a character
study of a very real, flawed but likeable person in a nightmare situation any
of us can imagine. We descend into his lonely hell with him and emerged amazed
by the resilience of this young man in particular, but also by life in general. Less
thrilling, but – more important – far more moving than I expected, Boyle works
wonders in making what is essential a one character single location film never feel
static or dull, and the gruesome climax almost unbearable to watch without ever
This movie is filmed almost like a documentary, a virtual one-man show for James Franco. He's very good and believable as the hot shot outdoorsman who kept his head in a hopeless situation. The whole film leads up to the famous scene where Aron got free the only way he could, by severing his arm. That scene is very graphic and hard to watch, but it is short.
The movie is a testament to one man's courage and resourcefulness. It wasn't the best movie I saw last year, but it was very well made.