127 Hours

127 Hours

127 Hours in 90 minutes - MicealJ

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Viewer Rating:MicealJ has rated 127 Hours rating: 3 Star

How do you fill a ninety minute film when the bulk of your story involves your solitary hero trapped in a deep ravine with his arm wedged by a rock against the immediate hard place. (Not my pun but the title of the actual book by said hero Aron Ralston.) Admittedly there are 127 hours to select from but you've got one character, one location and one very limited situation. Director Danny Boyle obviously relished this challenge and certainly takes it on very successfully but to be honest – fairly predictably. From the frantic opening credit sequence we know where he's going with this. With the frequent use of split screen, shots of milling crowds going very very fast and the obligatory racing clouds we are seeing the trademark Danny Boyle set-pieces we've known since 'Shallow Grave' and 'Trainspotting'. They're nicely done certainly but there is a slight feeling of Style over Substance and they distract from our empathy for Aron's plight which it has to be said is already lessened by our foreknowledge of the outcome. (In fact you do spend a lot of time waiting for him to cut his arm off!)
Luckily Aron brought a video camera on his trip so we can also fill time with a few affecting pieces to camera as he says his goodbyes to his loved ones and above all issues profound apologies for not telling anyone where he was going! This actually works very well, if nothing else it gives our hero a chance to talk to himself and stay this side of sane. On this theme there is a sequence where he pretends to be a radio show where he is all the guests telling him he's doomed in a variety of voices. Trite as that sounds it is surprisingly effective and was for me one of the highlights of the film.
The other was when he finally did cut his arm off (oh sorry – spoilers) and finally escapes the ravine into the arms of a trio of fellow tourists. This whole sequence is done in an hallucinatory vision with a surreal Sigur Ros song the only soundtrack and works brilliantly. Maybe because it conveys so well the sheer other worldly disorientation our hero must be feeling after five days trapped like this; maybe because it's a thrilling triumph over adversity against overwhelming odds or maybe simply because I love Sigur Ros.

Review published on the 14 January 2011 15:37

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