127 hours Now on DVD and Blu-Ray
How’s your math? If one man is trapped for 127 Hours in a rock crevice, at what point does he lose his mind? When does he think about suicide? Which comes first?
As canyoneer Aron Ralston (James Franco) descends into a crevice, a rock moves, he slips, and the rock (an 800-1000# boulder) pins him in a narrow spot. Equipped with a small video camera, digital camera, small multitool, and cap with a built in light, he attempts to free himself using only one hand. He has little water and food. He uses his video camera to document his plight, asking that if the video is found it should be given to his parents.
Aron goes from not having enough water to being drenched when a storm moves in and soaks him. His imagination, dreams, and ruminations morph into fantasies of escape, montages of beverage commercials, and a wacky interview. All the while, batteries run down and ants bedevil him.
As Aron employs extreme measures to sustain his life, viewers will wonder how far they would go to last a few hours more in what is surely a hopeless situation. His final, drastic attempt is not for the weak of stomach.
Directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), 127 Hours is an intense, claustrophobic, inspiring film that examines desperation, despair, and determination. Awesome shots of ancient, indifferent canyons and rock fill the screen as Aron’s desperate attempts to save himself are played out. James Franco combines fear, levity, bravado, and longing to create a character about whom the audience cares. 127 Hours is based on the true story of Aron Ralston (from his book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place) who continues climbing and canyoneering despite his experience. It was released on DVD March 1, 2011.