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PEOPLE: From Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine, 28 Days Later, and Trainspotting. Starring James Franco (Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man movies, Pineapple Express, Camille).

(One of the 2 girls he meets while hiking was in The Grudge 2. The other was a U.S. Marhsal in Iron Man 2, and was in 5 eps of 24 season 5.)

PLOT SUMMARY: Dude gets stuck under a rock in the middle of nowhere. It takes 127 hours before he does something about it. You can probably guess what you have to do to save your life after being stuck under a rock for 127 hours.

(Okay, the pedants out there might point out that 127 hours is actually his description of the entire experience, from when he left, until when it was over, and that he was not actually trapped under the rock for all of those 127 hours.)

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Mother’s poor-quality gift causes man to lose arm.

QUIRKS: Based on the true-life story of Aron Ralston.

VISUALS: They did a good job filming the movie, which mostly takes place in the exact same spot. Flashing between reality, memories, and the main character’s imagination kept things visually interesting. The director also used triptychs a lot, for whatever reason. I liked them. They work well in widescreen. They would not work well in a 4:3 aspect ratio.

It’s NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT overtly gross or traumatic. People fainted watching this movie, but I think that says more about the realistic portrayal of the situation in the movie, than about what is actually seen on the screen.

MORALS: Don’t go out into the wilderness without telling anybody where you are going! DERP!

GOOD STUFF: For a story about a guy sitting under a rock, alone, they actually manage to put in quite a lot of suspense and thrills, and even a twist. Watching him record his video goodbye to his family and friends really adds to the tension. This happened in real life too. Nobody has seen the original video except the people it was meant for, the director, and James Franco.

BAD STUFF: Some wusses fainted. Haha. Wusses.

CONCLUSION: I’ll be redundant and just say that this was a very good film. Most people already know about this so I’m not telling you anything new. read Ian‘s review at

Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10. She liked it more.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 8.0/10 (same as Clint’s rating), Netflix: 4.1/5 stars (’bout the same as Clint’s rating).

Netflix’s predicted rating for us was also the same as Netflix‘s average rating–4.1/5 stars.

RECOMMENDATION: Great man-vs-nature true-story tale of survival.

SIMILAR MOVIES: I hear Buried is very similar…


Aron Ralston: “You know, I’ve been thinking. Everything is… just comes together. It’s me. I chose this. I chose all this. This rock… this rock has been waiting for me my entire life. It’s entire life, ever since it was a bit of meteorite a million, billion years ago. In space. It’s been waiting, to come here. Right, right here. I’ve been moving towards it my entire life. The minute I was born, every breath that I’ve taken, every action has been leading me to this crack on the out surface.”

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Ian B gave it an extremely favorable review. My friend Mary O’M actually knew the guy in passing in college…

OTHER REVIEWS: Celebrity comic Brian Posehn put it in his top 7 movies of 2010. Outlaw Vern reviewed it too.Mood: hungry
Music: NoMeansNo – Faith