Danny Boyle after a stupendous success with “Slumdog Millionaire” which apparently put him in the elite list of Academy Award winning directors has taken a real life story of a mountain climber who’s remarkable adventure in Utah where a boulder falls on him and traps his hand badly.

Aron Ralston (James Franco) has a habit of spending the weekends climbing mountains. In one such weekend in 2003, Aron sets out like any other weekend only to realize that within hours of he into his adventure, tragedy has struck with his Right arm stuck in between the boulder and the mountain wall. Aron then tries to free his hands using conventional methods but of no avail. He waits to see if someone passes near the site so that they can help him. But in the end when he knows that he has waited for long and any further delay would signal the end, he takes a very bold decision which sets him apart and gives him hero status.

The movie though is a real-life incident, the way Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy has handled the screenplay is too good. The reason that the screenplay stands apart in this movie compared to “Slumdog Millionaire” is that after the first few minutes, the movie elaborates on how lonely Aron feels and what does he do to keep his morale in good standards.

The movie has very little scope for any melodrama and to be true to the incident, commercial elements have been set aside which sets this movie a class apart from others. Danny Boyle looks like moving from strength to strength after his Academy award and this movie is sure to reign good returns at the box-office.

In terms of acting, it is undoubtedly a one-man show with James Franco giving in a splendid performance. The other technical crew have been a level above par which makes this “127 Hours” an absorbing viewing. A R Rahman who has scored the music for this film has very little work to do considering the fact that except for the title song and the first few minutes, there isn’t any scope for him.

The movie has a running time of 92 minutes and in the end the real Aron Ralston makes an appearance along with his wife and kid which is really heart rendering.

“127 Hours” is a perfect example for self belief and never say die attitude.

 

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