Sunday, February 27, 2011

127 Hours That Can Change Your Life

By Tasman Anderson
Reporter
BRISBANE, Australia – Could you hold on to a single shred of your sanity after spending six days or 127 hours in a canyon with your arm pinned by a giant boulder?
How would you go about saving your sanity if in order to survive you needed to sever your own arm?
127 Hours tells the horrific true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston, who became trapped by a boulder in Robbers Roast, Utah in 2003.
Ralston, played by Spiderman legend James Franco, endures excruciating pain both mentally and physically as he fights to stay alive in the merciless canyon. Soon the fine line between sanity and insanity blend together and Ralston is forced to make the difficult decision of either cutting off his own arm to survive or dying.
Directed, produced and co-written by Danny Boyle, 127 Hours depicts the very definition of what one may do in order to save their life.
The film's story was so captivating that I found it nearly impossible to look away.
Franco's performance as Ralston sent chills down my spine. He portrays the reality of how one would feel in such a situation.
The grim imagery also amazed me.
I literally had to turn away when Franco began to sever his arm violently. The sound of his bone snapping in half gave me goose bumps that never seemed to go away.
The attention to detail in this film allows the audience to connect with Ralston and experience every emotion and thought he endured while he was trapped knowing that not a single soul on the planet knew where he was.
This film is by far one of the most amazing and realistic pieces I have.
However, I warn everyone this movie is not for the fainthearted. It will also cause you to reevaluate your own life and see that your problems could be worse.
See this movie and you will never be the same again.
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