You might not think that a film where the primary character is stuck in the same place without the capacity to move for almost a week would possess the kind of dramatic force and narrative flow that is required of a movie almost two hours in length but Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours succeeds in keeping the audience focused and committed to the real-life story of Aron Ralston by intercutting flashbacks and dream-like sequences. It’s a terrifying journey yet one with a happy ending.
Ralston, played by actor James Franco, becomes trapped within a canyon wall in the Utah desert after a large boulder falls upon his right arm. Miles away from help and with little hope of rescue, Ralston must find within himself the physical and emotional strength to survive an almost unbelievable situation. For almost a week, the ingenious Ralston attempts to free his arm but to no avail. Finally, as death nears, Aron decides to extract himself with one last attempt. It should be noted that the squeamish may want to avert their eyes from some of the more gory details of Ralston’s heroic escape.