127 Hours

127 Hours

127 Hours

True story helmed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) about mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.

Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident.

2010Rating: RP16, graphic content may disturb93 minsUSA, UK
DramaTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Danny Boyle ('Slumdog Millionaire', '28 Days Later...', 'The Beach')
Writer:
Danny BoyleSimon Beaufoy
Cast:
James FrancoKate MaraLizzy CaplanAmber TamblynClémence Poésy
23%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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 us care so much, or disappeared so completely into the role.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

James Franco is outstanding in this true story that might put you off climbing for life. By Peter Bradshaw

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Is the film watchable? Yes, compulsively.

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Scarcely believable, but watchable...

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A gruesome but remarkable story well told

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

All of the key creative personnel contribute to the movie's nail-biting tension and unexpectedly moving finale. Jon Harris's editing is matchless, and Rahman's score effectively heightens the emotion. Ultimately, however, it is the talents of Boyle and Franco that sock this movie home.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A surprisingly fun, effervescent against-the-odds drama that offers an upbeat moral without the usual punishing survival-story clichés. Not for the faint-hearted, mind.

4.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

You probably remember the story. What happened to young American climber Aron Ralston, and the way in which Ralston then happened to himself, went around the planet very quickly, and inspired plenty of "I wonder whether I could do that" moments around the kitchen tables and water coolers of the world.

5.0
0

Perfectly uncomfortable

Good acting performance. Nailed the cinematic techniques. I admire how this film manages to make the audience feel uncomfortable in an effective way. I can't think of an appropriate occasion to watch this movie, but if you stick it out to the end, it's a story you won't quite forget. You won't regret watching it if you do, but you wont feel great about it...

3.0
0

Solid but overrated flick.

I'm not a huge fan of Danny Boyle (the only film of his I would give 4 stars to would be Slumdog Millionaire). Here he does manage to wring some suspense out of having one guy trapped in an inhospitable place (though I would say the best movie with someone trapped alone would be the underrated Buried). Here it's only fascinating to a point, particularly...

3.0
0

'Armless Entertainment...

Danny Boyle rarely disappoints. His films are, if not brilliant ('Trainspotting'), then at least bloody entertaining ('28 Days Later') or just plain interesting ('Sunshine.') '127 Hours,' the true story of US "free climber," Aron Ralston (James Franco), and his 127 hours spent trapped in a canyon, his arm wedged beneath a large rock, is...

4.0
0

James Franco great actor

Brilliantly told great flash backs but not good when he discovers his only action left

3.0
0

A good gripping film, but not for the squeamish

I really enjoyed this film as a whole. I thought that the situation that eventuated was shown in a realistic gripping fashion, and several times in the film you wondered "Is he going to get out this time?" James Franco played the role very very well. I agree with other reviews that the start of the film was annoying. I also couldn't watch the...

4.0
0

Great flick

The whole production was spot-on. The guy was a bit of a dick to start with, but boy, he got all my sympathy .. at that very moment when both he & I knew he was "proper" stuck .. Well done Danny Boyle. Oddly enough I could stomach doing the penknife easier than the mountain biking!!

4.0
0

"127 Hours". Better known as "Dumb White Guy Should of Left A Note!"

The movie itself, is a pretty amazing film. Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) had taken a lot of time to draw the audience into the story and feel the frustration, self hatred, self loathing as well as the utter boredom of being trapped in that little rock crevice. And since the movie is at it's absolute core a one man show, James Franco's (Freaks...

4.0
0

Brilliant

We went to a Q&A with Aaron at Rialto when this came out. I loved the way it kept you in suspense even in the beginning. Is it gonna happen now? Is it that boulder? and then one hallucination actually made me think for a minute he was going to escape. Music- wonderful especially 'If I rise' The ending scene had me crying like a baby. I very much...

4.0
0

Brilliant, but breaking the rules not so.

James Franco is brilliant in showing the different stages of acceptance and courage as he comes to the realisation of what he has to do. Does well to not make us end up hating the cocky character as well. Danny Boyle keeps you within the situation, only letting you out in flashbacks for some relief, although sometimes they just add to the intensity. Only...

4.0
0

Not the best, not the worst...

127 Hours honestly felt like it was 127 hours long. And not in the good "I FELT LIKE I WAS TRAPPED ALONG WITH THE CHARACTER" kind of way. For a really epic true story, it seemed to get a bit boring, even though Boyle tried everything... FAST CUTS, Sped up and footage, but it seemed to be TRYING HARD to NOT bore its audience, rather than focusing...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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 us care so much, or disappeared so completely into the role.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

James Franco is outstanding in this true story that might put you off climbing for life. By Peter Bradshaw

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Is the film watchable? Yes, compulsively.

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Scarcely believable, but watchable...

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A gruesome but remarkable story well told

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

All of the key creative personnel contribute to the movie's nail-biting tension and unexpectedly moving finale. Jon Harris's editing is matchless, and Rahman's score effectively heightens the emotion. Ultimately, however, it is the talents of Boyle and Franco that sock this movie home.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A surprisingly fun, effervescent against-the-odds drama that offers an upbeat moral without the usual punishing survival-story clichés. Not for the faint-hearted, mind.

4.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

You probably remember the story. What happened to young American climber Aron Ralston, and the way in which Ralston then happened to himself, went around the planet very quickly, and inspired plenty of "I wonder whether I could do that" moments around the kitchen tables and water coolers of the world.

5.0
0

Perfectly uncomfortable

Good acting performance. Nailed the cinematic techniques. I admire how this film manages to make the audience feel uncomfortable in an effective way. I can't think of an appropriate occasion to watch this movie, but if you stick it out to the end, it's a story you won't quite forget. You won't regret watching it if you do, but you wont feel great about it...

3.0
0

Solid but overrated flick.

I'm not a huge fan of Danny Boyle (the only film of his I would give 4 stars to would be Slumdog Millionaire). Here he does manage to wring some suspense out of having one guy trapped in an inhospitable place (though I would say the best movie with someone trapped alone would be the underrated Buried). Here it's only fascinating to a point, particularly...

3.0
0

'Armless Entertainment...

Danny Boyle rarely disappoints. His films are, if not brilliant ('Trainspotting'), then at least bloody entertaining ('28 Days Later') or just plain interesting ('Sunshine.') '127 Hours,' the true story of US "free climber," Aron Ralston (James Franco), and his 127 hours spent trapped in a canyon, his arm wedged beneath a large rock, is...

4.0
0

James Franco great actor

Brilliantly told great flash backs but not good when he discovers his only action left

3.0
0

A good gripping film, but not for the squeamish

I really enjoyed this film as a whole. I thought that the situation that eventuated was shown in a realistic gripping fashion, and several times in the film you wondered "Is he going to get out this time?" James Franco played the role very very well. I agree with other reviews that the start of the film was annoying. I also couldn't watch...

4.0
0

Great flick

The whole production was spot-on. The guy was a bit of a dick to start with, but boy, he got all my sympathy .. at that very moment when both he & I knew he was "proper" stuck .. Well done Danny Boyle. Oddly enough I could stomach doing the penknife easier than the mountain biking!!

4.0
0

"127 Hours". Better known as "Dumb White Guy Should of Left A Note!"

The movie itself, is a pretty amazing film. Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) had taken a lot of time to draw the audience into the story and feel the frustration, self hatred, self loathing as well as the utter boredom of being trapped in that little rock crevice. And since the movie is at it's absolute core a one man show, James Franco's...

4.0
0

Brilliant

We went to a Q&A with Aaron at Rialto when this came out. I loved the way it kept you in suspense even in the beginning. Is it gonna happen now? Is it that boulder? and then one hallucination actually made me think for a minute he was going to escape. Music- wonderful especially 'If I rise' The ending scene had me crying like a baby. I very much...

4.0
0

Brilliant, but breaking the rules not so.

James Franco is brilliant in showing the different stages of acceptance and courage as he comes to the realisation of what he has to do. Does well to not make us end up hating the cocky character as well. Danny Boyle keeps you within the situation, only letting you out in flashbacks for some relief, although sometimes they just add to the intensity. Only...

4.0
0

Not the best, not the worst...

127 Hours honestly felt like it was 127 hours long. And not in the good "I FELT LIKE I WAS TRAPPED ALONG WITH THE CHARACTER" kind of way. For a really epic true story, it seemed to get a bit boring, even though Boyle tried everything... FAST CUTS, Sped up and footage, but it seemed to be TRYING HARD to NOT bore its audience, rather than...

3.0
0