The first I heard of 127 Hours was when I saw the poster of it. I expected the film to be a documentary of some sort by just looking at the poster, for no reason whatsoever. But then I heard about it some more online, and so I researched it. Turns out, it was much more than I assumed. It's actually a survival drama and a true story. Then I learned it starred James Franco, the Renaissance man. Then I learned it was directed by the director of Slumdog Millionaire. Then I learned it was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and not just that, but that it supposedly knocked out The Town for the spot. Then I learned James Franco got nominated for Best Lead Actor for the film. And then, after seeing it, I learned it was one of the best films I had seen in 2011. It's a story about a man, Aaron Ralston, who goes out into a canyon for some adventure. But while crossing a rocky cavern, he slips on a loose rock and falls under it with his hand crushed between the rock and the wall. The story revolves around his longing for life, his fantasies to get out, and his determination to live. It's a very fine story, especially the fact that it's a true story. Its acting is just plain out superb. Although there was only one actor, he did great. James Franco had a rock solid performance. He did amazing as a cheerful adventurer, but he really shined when the character was about to die, and Franco looked like he was about to die. He looked mad and delusional, he looked scared and frightened, and he looked courageous and determined, all the qualities one might have when there at the brink of death. And I might have thought James had been at the brink of death if he wasn't so amazing at acting. I also enjoyed the different scenes in the film. I usually don't mention if there were good or bad scenes in the movie, but the scenes in this film just kind of stood out. The film basically had scenes which showed Aaron's ideas or thoughts in his head while he was stuck in the cavern. They were expressed in odd, but nice, ways. Such as a radio talk show, a video diary, and more. It made the film much, much better. Then I loved the story itself. It was dramatic, scary, and at times humorous, which all blended in well. I know it's not very possible to make a sequel to this film, but if it was, I hope they could. But, sadly, this movie has a few flaws. First of all, it was way to short. It should've been 2 hours at the least, but instead they made the movie 1 and a half hour long. It's hard to fit 127 full hours into a 4 hour film, but it's extremely hard to fit it into a 1 and a half hour film. It all just results in rushing. Then I disliked the score. It was kind of strange, putting it in scenes randomly, and it was a little bit annoying. Then I disliked the product placement. There was A LOT of it in this film, and it really could have done without it. I know that the filmmakers just wanted to be as close to the real thing as possible, including the real life props and products, but it seemed very "placed" and "paid for". But besides all that, this film was exceptionally good. After all, it sends a clear message. Under all the longing for life, the need for water, and courage, I believe all Aaron wanted was his family, and their love. I guess this movie came a long way from my thoughts of it from that poster.