by Jordan Lee
The first question that came into my mind when I watched the trailer for '127 Hours' was "How can they make a full ninety minute film about a man stuck in a cave?"
And, I'm pretty sure I wasn't the only who thought that!
But, surprisingly, Danny Boyle, famous for his work on the award-winning 'Slumdog Millionaire' somehow managed to pull this one off.
Although 90% of the film is based around Aron Ralston, played by James Franco (Spiderman and Pineapple Express), Boyle has strangely managed to keep the audience's eyes glued to the screen by providing us with ups, downs (literally) and a few unexpected twists and turns along the way.
The movie, based on a true event that occurred in the summer of 2003 however, isn't full of eye-covering moments, apart from the climax, which may make the female audience feel a little queasy.
In some places, you wish for Franco to think of a way out of his dilemma so the film finishes quicker, but on the other hand, you want it to carry on.
Also, I cannot help but think that if this was not based on a true story, 127 hours would not appeal to the cinema audience as much. To stay connected with the film, you need to remind yourself that it IS a biographical experience.
Overall, '127 Hours' is a rather average film. Some may like it, some may not - a bit like marmite.
You definitely wouldn't be wasting your money for the cinema ticket, however you may find other films that are currently showing on the cinema screen that are more entertaining.
3 out of 5 'Spires'
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