I don’t know about you but James Franco–like Leonardo diCaprio–is a fine actor that Hollywood ignores. Seriously.
And this lead film 127 Hours by Danny Boyle might get him all the attention he deserves. Of course, we all know what happen here, because this is the story of Aron Ralston, a geeky engineer who loves the outdoor but whose hand was accidentally trapped in a boulder and was stuck for 127 hours (read: more than 5 days) living in water, rain, and urine to survive. That eventually, has to cut off his hand because he was left with no other option.
Boyle’s challenge is to make a movie entertaining and engaging for one hour and thirty minutes with only James Franco in it most of the time. And he succeeded. Poignant, especially during those moments where he has to videotaped his situation and leaving a final message in case someone gets hold of his videocam. Funny, especially on the first 2 days when he desperately tried to prick the boulder at the edges to make a dent on his hand, and Bill Withers “Lovely Day” is being played.
There’s a special moment in the film at the end part where he already cut his hand, and is desperately wanting to get out of that place. When he find out three people in sight, he ask for help and simply ask for water. And water. The basic essentials, in order to survive. Top it up with a beautiful song “If I Rise” by Dido and A.R. Rahman on the back ground.
The movie is a cautionary tale for adventurers. In this day of insurance, mobile phones, and technology, before leaving for the outback, let your love ones know where you are going. It might save you.