Movie Review: 127 Hours – Compelling Fare

127 Hours is a Danny Boyle offering that was released in 2010 to much critical acclaim and a few Academy Award nominations. An action-based adventure, 127 Hours is based on a real-life incident involving mountain climbing enthusiast Aron Ralston, and adapted from the best-selling book ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’, written by the survivor.

James Franco’s acting is possibly the highlight of the movie. Other noteworthy mentions include A R Rahman’s background score, a gripping storyline and captivating cinematography. The main theme in the movie is the mental and physical pain that the protagonist undergoes. Ralston travels to Utah national park without the knowledge of anyone. After few hours on the mountain bike, he starts walking and meets Krishti (played by Kate Mara) and Megan (played by Amber Tamblyn) who are clueless about their location.

In an accident, Ralston finds himself stuck between a cliff and a boulder, with no soul in sight to help him. James Franco has delivered a brilliant performance depicting the pain that he undergoes when he gets trapped. Danny Boyle proves his technical intelligence with the way he depicts Ralston’s journey, while Rahman’s music strengthens the gory conclusion. Tony Gardner has done a great job with the make-up, especially in the amputation scene, keeping in mind all the medical details accurately. Most of the movie revolves around just a single scene, but numerous cameras were used to shoot it.

Franco is at his best in his silent scenes, allowing his expressions to speak more than his words. The scene where he frees himself from the cliff and the boulder is in fact a touching one. 127 Hours is a kind of movie which you will want to see again and again. The movie is shot excellently and is one almost close to being a perfect one for adventure lovers.

We rate the movie 4.5 out of 5.

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