127 Hours (2010) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Release Date: September 4, 2010
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Music by: A.R. Rahman
Starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Clémence Poésy, Lizzy Caplan, Treat Williams, Kate Burton

Aron Ralston (James Franco) is an adventurer and a mountain climber. He sets out for another adventure like the usual routine and cycles to his destination.

Aron Ralston (James Franco) rides to his destination

In 2003, while cycling, he saw two hikers, Kristi (Kate Mara) and Megan (Amber Tamblyn) getting lost along the canyon that he decided to park his bicycle and greet them.

Ralston met Kristi (Kate Mara) and Megan (Amber Tamblyn), two lost hikers

Ralston offers them to be their tour guide around the area. He leads them to a narrow climb between rocks and a secret underground sea. They repeated the same process of the jump for the next three rounds.

Before parting, the girls invited Ralston to a party and doubting that he might not attend too. Ralston continues his journey into Blue John Canyon.

He explored a narrow walk-through leading to a shorter route but things begins to mishap when one boulder was set loose from above before he could avoid it and have his right hand pinned down to the right of the boulder. Permanently stuck and suspended in the middle of nowhere.

Ralston's right hand is pinned between the boulder and the wall.

He started screaming for help but nobody passes by. He tried many solutions to get his hand off but all fail. With only 500 millilitre of water within his water bottle, he carefully measures his drinking intake.

Ralston begins recording video logs on his survival in case he do not make it out alive. He even decided to use a pen-knife to cut himself but the knife seems blunt and started criticizing and advising his audience not to buy any products that is “Made in China”.

Soon, he becomes delusional and started hallucinating his past relationships with Rana (Clémence Poésy), his parents and sister (Lizzy Caplan, Treat Williams, Kate Burton), and the recently two hikers.

He reached his boiling point after five days that he decided to clear his mind and amputate his arm with the blunt knife. He breaks his arm to make it numb so he can not feel a single nerve and starts slicing his arm.

Finally releasing himself from the boulder but he looks back at his right arm. He wraps his right arm tightly and travels all the way back to the starting point. Soon, he was rescued by a group of hiking family and evacuated via a helicopter.

Reviewer’s Note:
Just another ordinary day when you thought nothing adventurous or exciting headed your way. Well shit happens.

127 hours is the duration of how long has Aron Ralston has survived after falling off a cliff with a large boulder happened to land from above and had his hand stucked.

It’s no surprised that when it’s really stuck and bleeding – your hand is a goner. The only thing you can do is yell for help if anyone passes by or just wait for death.

With hallucinations and stuff, the human body can sustain without food and water for 3 days. Aron has 800 ml of water until the fourth day.

With no satellite phones or any technology to home anyone, it’s either you stay there and rot with the creepy crawlies or you sever your arm and look forward.

Of course, he amputated his arm for survival. The hallucinations shown in this film actually helps him to keep him sane in a way. Otherwise it’s his willpower to keep on moving forward 

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