Nov 142010
Authors: Jason Berlinberg

Now I know what it’s like to get stuck between a rock and a hard place.

“127 Hours” depicts the brutally true story of Aron Ralston, a mountain climber and Colorado native who gets his arm pinned under a boulder while exploring canyons near Moab, Utah.

Ralston is entrapped for the majority of the story, but the movie never feels slow or boring, thanks in large part to sure-fire Oscar nominee James Franco and director Danny Boyle.     

Boyle, who won the Oscar for best director two years ago for “Slumdog Millionaire,” has ditched the stylings of Bollywood for the rugged expanse of Utah. But that doesn’t mean that he’s ditched his talent.

He is back in full force with this film, which shows off his striking visual style just as much as “Slumdog” did.     

There is something to be said about movies –– or any form of artistic expression for that matter –– like “127 Hours,” which have the rare ability to move its viewers in such a significant way. The film overwhelms with raw emotion that cannot be faked or matched. You have to see it to believe it.

On that note, I would be remiss if I did not address the degree to that “127 Hours” displays the shocking reality of Ralston’s story. The movie contains one of the most gruesome scenes that I have ever seen in a film, notoriously causing viewers across the country to actually faint in the theater while watching it.

The controversial scene shows Ralston intentionally break then cut off his arm to free himself and ultimately save his life. Although the footage is extremely tough to watch, its inclusion is necessary to take advantage of the emotional weight of Ralston’s struggle.

Ralston himself was there to introduce the film at the screening to which I went, and he could not have said it any better: “If anyone starts to feel queasy, try to keep watching because it is a story that has to be experienced.”

Ultimately “127 Hours” as a whole is one of the most inspirational movies you will ever see. It is such a powerful story of the human spirit and the triumphant lengths to which one man went to in order to survive.  

Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at

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