127 Hours

2010

127 Hours

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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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User Ratings: 95,856

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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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Critic Reviews for 127 Hours

All Critics (233) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (217) | Rotten (16)

  • Any film that relies on one actor to carry the movie demands a lot of its leading man but James Franco applies a youthful exuberance that makes him so watchable it's all viewers could do not to blink.

    May 15, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's an incredible performance by Franco, walking the line between what once was enthusiasm but now is manic desperation.

    August 12, 2011 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • That director Danny Boyle makes us feel the shock of relief as Ralston finally pulls away from his stony prison signals just how immersive a piece of first-person story-telling this is.

    February 9, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Boyle's film takes us back to the campfire for a story that is painful and powerful, as well as true.

    February 8, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • At its centre is a magnificent performance from James Franco...

    January 10, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Guardian
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  • At the end, we stagger like Ralston from the dark into the light. We might have both our arms left, but our nerves are just as terrorised.

    January 10, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • Dec 28, 2019
    I can certainly appreciate the lengths that those involved in 127 Hours went to. Being that the movie is 90% bottle-episode, wherein the lead doesn't even have the luxury of something as simple as being allowed to pace about, it's not unfair to say that 127 Hours doesn't have a whole lot going on. To try and inject a bit of life into it, director Danny Boyle throws in a number of unique filming styles, and I'll absolutely give props to him for that outside-the-box sort of thinking, but it doesn't actually change the fact that there's still not a whole lot going on. Franco is not a bad actor, but it's a big ask of someone to run something like this solo, and it ends up being a bigger one than he can fully manage. 127 Hours is not something I ever found fully engaging. Oft-intense, and kind of gross, but not fully engaging.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • 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

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