127 Hours


127 Hours

Critics Consensus

As gut-wrenching as it is inspirational, 127 Hours unites one of Danny Boyle's most beautifully exuberant directorial efforts with a terrific performance from James Franco.



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"127 Hours" is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolate canyon in Utah. Over the next five days, Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.


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  • Mar 30, 2014
    An exciting start with lovely cinematography only serves to make the bulk of the movie seem painfully dull as our protagonist becomes literally stuck between a rock and hard place. Unfortunately, it's not really worth the pain.
    Ross C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2014
    127 Hours manages to be gripping despite its incredibly small scope, thanks largely to a strong performance by James Franco and kinetic direction by Danny Boyle.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2013
    Danny Boyle is an hyperactive boy. He may give in to the mainstream audience's sensibilities, but he had the respectable talent of transforming a harrowing survival story - and therefore an authentic horror account - into an inspiring survival drama utilizing the always amazing work of A.R. Rahman, contrasting styles and throwing a thought-provoking reflection in the process regarding how much we value every single element in our lives, from family to anecdotes an our basic human needs for surviving. With Aronofsky editing, Terry Gilliam angles for shits and kicks, and an Abel-Gance-like splitting of the screen into three parts, we have a proper true story and an interesting character analysis for the purpose of dramatization thanks to its visual versatility, even if I still cannot stop thinking whether if the film could have worked better with a more serious tone, perhaps a real documentary. I wish I could have felt the claustrophobia, but our good boy Danny wouldn't just keep still. Heh, but how can I blame him? This will make you hug your bed, be responsible towards your mom saying when and where you are going, and make you go to the nearest store to buy a Gatorade. 65/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2013
    Based on an excellent true story. Told very well, and even though I don't like James Franco, I'll admit he's pretty good here.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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