127 Hours (2010)
Critic 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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Critic Reviews for 127 Hours
It's an incredible performance by Franco, walking the line between what once was enthusiasm but now is manic desperation.
Mr. Boyle does succeed smashingly in holding your attention, peppering in healthy doses of flashbacks and fantasies between Mr. Ralston's monologues and his attempts to free himself.
So busy and self-consciously virtuosic that the movie undercuts it's own premise.
beautifully constructed film worthy of the praise it has received during its award season run
Absolutely masterful in both its production and its performances, this drama is easily one of the year's best.
Audience Reviews for 127 Hours
Boyle seems to only care about his own direction, as he invests in a heavy-handed, tumultuous approach, using everything from pointless subjective cameras to split screens, but leaves the story without a clear purpose. What saves the film, though, is Franco's strong performance.
That Sigur Ros music cue towards the end never fails to make me tear up.
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.
127 Hours Quotes
|Aron Ralston:||It's no slurpee. It's like a bag of piss.|
|Aron Ralston:||I've been moving towards it my entire life. The minute I was born, every breath that I've taken, every action has been leading me to this crack on the out surface.|
|Aron Ralston:||Hello. This time the rat doesn't scuttle off. Yeah, what am I doing here? Good question. In all of the places in all of the world. Huh. Did all the routes, all the big descents. Not good enough. Not hard enough, right? Right. Got what I wanted. Got what I asked for. Everyone else is out there. And I'm in here. Dying. Real cool.|
|Aron Ralston:||Good morning everyone! It is seven o clock here in canyon land USA! And this morning, on the boulder, we have a very special guest, self-proclaimed, American superhero, Aron Ralston! Let's here it for Aron! Hi, oh it's so great to be here! Hey can I say hi to my mom and dad? Mom and dad! Mustn't forget mom and dad, right Aron? Yeah, hey mom, I'm sorry I didn't answer the phone the other day. If I had, I would have told you where I was going, and, well I probably wouldn't be here right now. That's for sure! But like I always say, your supreme selfishness is our gain! Thank you Aron! Anyone else you wanna say hi to? Well there's Brian at work. Brian- Hi Aron! Hey, probably won't be making it in to work today! Ha ha ha, get a load of this guy! Oh wait, hang on, we have a call coming in from another Aron, in Looser Canyon, Utah. Aron asks... Am I right in thinking even if Brian from work notifies the police they'll put a 24 hour hold on it, before they file a missing persons report. Which means, you won't be declared missing, until mid-day Wednesday at the earliest? Uh, yeah! You're right on the money there Aron! Which means, I'll probably be dead by then! Aron from Looser Canyon, Utah! How do you know so much?! Well I'll tell you why I know so much, I volunteer for the rescue service. Huh!!! You see, I'm some kind of, well a big fucking hard hero. And I can do anything on my own, you see? I do see! Now is it true, that despite, or maybe because you're a big fucking hard hero, you didn't tell anyone where you were going? Uh, yes that is correct. Anyone? No. Oops!|
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