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127 Hours, Finally

We finally got around to watching 127 Hours tonight.

Streamed it online, actually. Via Amazon Instant Video, which we’ve found to be one of the better online movie services around right now. You have to pay per movie (it was $3.99 for this one), so it is as if you are renting them individually instead of subscribing to a plan, but they have way more titles available than Netflix does.

Anyway, back to 127 Hours.

Everyone knows the story by now. Aron Ralston hikes into a canyon alone, his arm becomes pinned by a boulder in a freak accident, he has to cut it off to survive.

Here is the trailer:

It is a fantastic tale of survival, but I always wondered how on earth they could make a film out of it. After all, how many scenes can you really shoot of a guy standing next to a rock and have them be interesting? Other than the obvious one…

Yet both Jess and I agreed the film was well done. It managed to present the story without relying on too much bogus filler. Sure, they had to drag out some of Aron’s dream sequences and hallucinations, but the details of his struggle to free himself… and of the emotional videos he recorded… were very compelling.

James Franco was as good in this as everyone says he was.

And yes, the amputation scene was as tough to watch as you can imagine. Especially the way they presented “the nerve” part of it – those familiar with the story know what that refers to.

Worth checking out if you are at all interested in the story, or in adventure films. Even if you are a little on the squeamish side, it is pretty easy to look away for those 60 seconds or so.

Here is a photo of the real Aron Ralston

Oh, and one of the major lessons of the story was not lost on us… we promise to be better about telling someone where we are going before heading off on any of our adventures.

Tomorrow, for example, we plan on getting snow tires put on the car and then going to a friend’s house for a puppy play date. If you don’t hear from us for a few days, we’ll either be stranded somewhere on our driveway or held captive by puppies. My money would be on the latter.

1 Comment

  1. Joann

    Thanks for the review and heads up on Amazon instant videos. I wanted to see 127 hours and was worried about the amputation scene, but you’ve convinced me to give it a try. If Dave can get through it, so can I!
    The site/blog is looking great and I love the content and navigation!

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