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127 Hours Poster
Released Runtime Category
2010 94 Action/Adventure, Drama
Director Language
Danny Boyle English
James Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn

127 Hours

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What's it About
When carefree climber-adventurer Aron Ralston (Franco) finds his right hand trapped underneath a boulder at the bottom of a crevasse in Utah, it seems his luck has finally run out. Stuck for days with only a video camera and his imagination to keep him company, Aron is pushed to the brink of human endurance. Will he let the canyon become his grave? Or will he muster the courage to do the unthinkable and escape?
Why we love it
Based on a true story (we'd hardly believe it otherwise) and essentially a one-man showcase for the considerable talents of James Franco (who spends most of the film playing to a large rock), it's pretty amazing just how well this film works. Beyond coaxing a virtuoso, Oscar-nominated turn from his star, director Danny Boyle spices up his tale with some highly creative editing, in effect opening up Ralston's prison to a host of impressionistic images. This Best Picture nominee's climactic scene is not for the squeamish, but you can close your eyes. That said, its uplifting message about human resilience, and the will to survive, is eye-opening indeed.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"