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Aro Recommended 127 Hours

 

USA 2010, 94 minutes
Dir. Danny Boyle
Rating: RP16 - Restricted unless accompanied by a Parent/Guardian
Genres: Drama / Adventure

 

Aroview: Vivid, imaginatively conceived reenactment of Aron Ralston’s remarkable true story of survival, in which the adventurer performed the unthinkable by amputating his own arm after being trapped by a boulder inside of an isolated canyon in Utah.

Ralston’s well-documented feat is given an impressive visual spin by dir. Boyle, who works the camera in a variety of ways to defy the largely ‘one-room’ setting, though at most his version of events remains an extended episode of I SHOULDN’T BE ALIVE. Something of a missed opportunity, the conceptual grounds promise a radical departure from traditional narrative filmmaking – insofar as things are stripped back to the ‘bare essentials’ – however rarely does the film stray from formula. Still, James Franco is compelling in the lead role, effectively performing a one-man play while resourcefully conveying the emotions that swirl around the near-death experience.

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  • aspect ratio: 16:9
 

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