127 Hours

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Released 2010

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Director:
Danny Boyle
Released:
2010
Rating:
R

127 Hours, from Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), writer Simon Beaufoy and producer Christian Colson, tells the harrowing story of real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco), who literally cut himself loose from danger -- and lived to tell about it. When sliding rock pinned his right forearm under a boulder during a climb in the Utah mountains, Ralston resorted to his basest survival instincts to stay alive.

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  • 100

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Mr. Boyle has a knack for tackling painful, violent or unpleasant subjects with unremitting verve and unstoppable joie de vivre.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    In the end, 127 Hours is one man's incredible, unforgettable journey; it took the extraordinary alchemy of Boyle and Franco to also make it ours.

  • 80

    Variety

    While Franco can sometimes be a wild card, getting increasingly self-conscious with recent roles, his take on Ralston feels both credible and compelling; few actors could have made...

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cringeworthy, life in the outdoors, life vs. death, last chance for hope, coping with death