Early Review for 127 Hours with James Franco
Posted 09.12.10 by reelz
Based on the true story of a mountaineer who must amputate his own arm in order to survive a hiking accident in a remote Utah canyon, 127 Hours is considered a potential Oscar contender. The movie, which doesn't open in theaters until November 5, is part of the Toronto Film Festival. ReelzChannel correspondent Matt Mauro saw the movie and has an early review.
It's been another crazy busy day or so in Toronto. And I'm trying to think where to pick up ...let's start with the movie 127 Hours. It's the one starring James Franco as Aaron Ralston, the guy who had to cut off his arm when a boulder fell on it. From the moment it starts it's intense. Danny Boyle, who brought us Slumdog Millionaire, does a fantastic job of telling this story. It's interesting because we all know what happens and how it ends, but he keeps you glued to the edge of your seat.
I knew a boulder falls and traps his arm, but until it happened my heart was literally pounding in the theater waiting for that exact moment. That's how good Danny Boyle is with this movie. And if I didn't know any better, James Franco would've been the real Aaron trapped down there. Even before he has to break his arm and start cutting though his muscle and veins, Franco makes you feel Aaron's pain. And if you think just hearing that is graphic, just wait 'till you see it on the big screen. You want to turn away, but can't because it's so captivating. Another reason why this feels so real is how it sounds. Boyle makes sure you hear everything, from Franco's character wincing in pain to an ants legs tapping along a leatherman he dropped on the ground.
It's no wonder people are already saying Oscar about 127 Hours and especially Franco. So skip your dinner, tighten your stomach, and go check it out.
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