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Good film, worth watching and buying.
127 Hours (DVD)
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127 Hours (DVD)
Advantages: Great acting from James Franco.
Disadvantages: None really, just not to everyones taste.
This film is probably not what you will expect. No doubt you've heard the stories of gore and fainting and this may be the reason you want to watch it. Yes, there is a segment of the film that may require diverted eyes, but this is no attempt to step on the 'Saw' franchise's toes.
The films follows a young adventure seeker Aron who spends time venturing out into the Canyon lands on his mountain bike, climbing pot holing etc. One given weekend he decides not to inform anyone he is heading out and well heads out.
During his journey he meets 2 young girls, who join him for a few hours, they explore certain area's our Aron knows well, have a largely good time before parting ways.
Whilst heading back to his bike he used to get to the given part of the canyon land, he misjudges a rocks security and falls down a ravine. Generally he is unhurt however is lower arm and hand are lodged and well trapped between said rock and the ravine wall. This sets the scene of the film.
Without giving too much away, Aron is well equipped. He has water, supplied, rope, a compass, a host of tools and a good head on his shoulders, all of which he sensibly uses or rations accordingly. It is this common sense, as he keeps his head and looks to assess and attack the situation as you or I would, that really makes you feel for Aron as the film goes on.
The focus of this film is the degradation of that head and his mind set as he comes to terms with his situation.
There are flashbacks that take place and he records himself on a video camera, the majority of these scenes, along with the chosen music really help you feel for our adventurer. There is one scenes where the flashback seems a little long but otherwise these help add to the tension and your sense of concern.
Later on there is a certain scene that you have either heard of or watched via some online video medium. Yes, it is graphic and yes you may look away. Even so, it is done well and as opposed to being put off by the graphicness, you are instead compelled to watch almost wanting to support Aron as he goes through the ordeal.
The film is very much made by James Franco who obviously absorbs a fair amount of screen time but uses it well. His initial arrogance towards his situation and then the slow decay of realisation are acted fantastically.
Definitely worth a watch.
Summary: Buy it and try it.