127 Hours

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127 Hours

Danny Boyle (2011)

89min
15 Certificate
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In 2003 hiker Aron Ralston embarked on a wilderness jaunt in a Utah national park, without informing anyone where he was going. But a freak accident saw him become quite literally stuck between a rock and a hard place - trapped by his forearm between a boulder and a cliff-face. Over the next six days (the 127 hours of the title), with no sign of rescue and his water having run out, the brutal solution to his ghastly predicament became increasingly clear. Director Danny Boyle re-creates this true story of survival with incredible brio. By using flashbacks, hallucinations and kinetic editing, Boyle transforms a necessarily static situation into a collage in which we get to see a man pondering his imminent demise and discovering whether he has what it takes to save himself. James Franco, who is rapidly emerging as one of the most promising actors of his generation, matches Boyle's technical brilliance with a mesmerising depiction of Ralston's strange internal journey. The squeamish should be warned that Boyle does show the gory conclusion, but because of some of the most innovative sound design of recent years, you may want to cover your ears as well as your eyes.

Summary

A mountain climber gets stuck in an isolated canyon when a boulder crushes his arm. Remaining trapped for five days, he comes to realise no one is going to save him, and that survival will depend on a particularly drastic course of action. Danny Boyle's fact-based drama, with James Franco and Kate Mara.

Cast & Crew

Aron Ralston James Franco
Kristi Kate Mara
Megan Amber Tamblyn
Rana Clémence Poésy
Sonja Lizzy Caplan
Aron's dad Treat Williams
Aron's mum Kate Burton
Director Danny Boyle
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PatheGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 7 Jan 2011
Drama