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->''"Don't pass out."''
-->'''-- Aron Ralston''', to himself (and the audience)

''127 Hours'' is a 2010 film directed by Creator/DannyBoyle, and stars JamesFranco as real-life mountain climber [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aron_Ralston Aron Ralston,]] and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aron_Ralston#Accident horrific 5-day incident]] Aron endured in April 2003.

While hiking in Blue John Canyon in Utah, Aron made a misstep when he grabbed on to a loose boulder while climbing down a narrow canyon. The boulder dislodged, and Aron and the boulder fell to the bottom, where the boulder crushed his right forearm against the canyon wall. The film dramatizes Ralston's experience of being trapped by the boulder for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 127 hours]], and the [[LifeOrLimbDecision unthinkable choice he must make in order to survive]].

The movie was highly regarded, being nominated for Best Picture, Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Original Song and Editing.

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!!'''This movie contains examples of:'''

* AnAesop:
** No man is an island. Nobody exists in isolation, and everyone needs help sometimes. Also, always tell people where you're going.
** Don't buy cheap knives.
** Prioritize: emergency equipment (like a ''phone'') first, camera last.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:A sudden storm comes, Aron moves the boulder under the flooding water, and runs off to meet his girlfriend.]] It is unclear whether this is a dream, hallucination, fantasy, or something else entirely.
* ApocalypticLog: Aron has both a camera and camcorder with him, which he uses to catalog what happened and keep himself sane. At a few points [[IfIDoNotReturn he issues apologies and goodbyes to his family]].
* ArtisticLicense
** ArtisticLicenseGeography, to some degree. Aron would not have traveled along any highway as large or as busy as those shown in the beginning of the film. Also, in that part of Utah, there is no place resembling the location of the swimming scene. Those familiar with the area will notice other minor discrepancies.
** Those familiar with the [[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/166562.Between_a_Rock_and_a_Hard_Place autobiographical book]] will notice some differences. It may be possible that Aron used some artistic license himself. Possible [[UnreliableNarrator Unreliable Narrator]] as well.
* {{Badass}}: Say what you will about how Aron got himself into his predicament, but cutting off your own arm ''with a pen knife'' takes ''balls''.
* BasedOnATrueStory: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aron_Ralston And how!]]
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: The end credits show the real life Aron getting married in 2009 and having a child]].
* BreakTheCutie[=/=]BreakTheHaughty: The latter to a lesser degree. Aron is a very nice guy, but is shown as being a tad careless.
* CatScare: Used only once surprisingly. Aron feels something creeping up behind him. With his headlight dead, he decides to snap a picture of it. [[spoiler: The flash shows an inflatable ScoobyDoo, but the picture shows nothing to be there.]]
* ChekhovsGag: Kristi and Megan invite Aron to a party, saying he can't miss it because there would be a 60-foot inflatable Scooby Doo (from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo''). [[spoiler: If there actually was one is never known, but Scooby figures strongly in his hallucinations.]]
* ClusterFBomb: Pops up several times.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The DVD cover doesn't have a single picture showing Aron in the position he spends most of the movie in. There are a few pictures of him climbing, several of him cavorting with the girls, and even one of him on a snow-covered mountain. While all of those are seen in the movie, it's hardly representative of the action in the film.
* {{Determinator}}: Engineers in the audience will get a kick out of Aron's thought processes. Even after he frees himself, there is still the matter of getting to safety and finding help. This includes a one-handed rappel off a cliff and drinking dirty, stagnant water.
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Done literally. Aron tries chipping away at the side of the boulder, but realizes his arm is actually partially supporting the rock, so the more he chips away the tighter the rock is on his arm.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* FightToSurvive: The main story, after Aron gets trapped between the rocks.
* FriendToAllLivingThings
--> "No number twos yet... which will disappoint my insect friends."
* FromBadToWorse: In so many ways.
* GallowsHumor: Inevitable. At one point, Aron rips into himself for getting into this situation by conducting a mock radio interview with himself. Not only that, but an audience track is heard (obviously in Aron's head). Aron makes a joke to the "host" about how he won't be reported as missing until Wednesday, when he will surely be dead, and the imaginary crowd bursts out laughing, making the scene more unsettling.
** [[spoiler: After freeing himself, Aron snaps a picture of where he was, leftover arm and all. Similarly, the end credits say that he remained an avid climber and mountaineer, and that he leaves notes in every location to mark where he goes]].
* GarnishingTheStory: Anyone familiar with the book will notice some extra plot features. The swimming scene, for example.
* GeniusBruiser: Aron is a talented rock climber and carried plenty of gear with him to try and work something out. After several attempts, ranging from just yanking and kicking the boulder to finding leverage with his climbing gear. Once all that proved fruitless, he made a thorough analysis of why it wasn't enough (insufficient space to work in and the climbing rope has a lot of stretch) and what it would take to pull the rock off.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Played straight many times. Unsurprising, given the subject matter. Of course, there's a few subversions thrown in, just to keep you on your toes.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Aron is frustrated and doesn't fail to let off a ClusterFBomb... but when he's filming himself and relating his situation to the camera, he refers to defecation as "number two".
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler: Aron ''breaking his arm'' then ''cutting it off with a '''dull penknife''' '' to free himself from the boulder.]] Justified in the movie and in the real-life incident due to the fact that he tried ''everything'' he could over the 5 days to find a different solution.
* IneffectualLoner: One of the major themes of the film. Aron notes that much of his problem could have been solved had he been hiking with someone. [[spoiler: When he finally comes across some hikers after freeing himself, his exclamation of "I need help!" means everything]].
* {{Irony}}: The circumstances he found himself in was a freak accident, Aron himself comments on how simple changes could have made the situation much better. Early in the film he is seen grabbing random items, but missing his expensive, and likely very sharp, Swiss Army Knife. The knife he ended up working with was a cheap, dull multi-tool that came in a two-pack with a flashlight. He had also left a bottle of Gatorade in his truck for when he returned.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: The most famous, literal, and ultimate real-life example. About half way through he admits that his hand is likely lost anyway, it was mostly a matter of psyching himself up to perform the act.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: His initial reaction to getting his hand smashed under the boulder is at most a grim perplexity. Implied to be the shock. [[spoiler: Completely averted when it came to cutting his arm off, which is played short, graphic and painfully. Once freed he has enough motivation to not think too much about his injury and just keeps looking for help]].
* NobodyPoops: Averted, in that he points out that he hasn't. So nobody ''does'' poop, but it's acknowledged that people do.
* OhCrap:
** During the first day, when the camera slowly pulls back to reveal how remote the canyon is and how futile his screams for help are.
** When his thirst starts getting to him, there's a zoom all the way back to his car, and the Gatorade bottle he left there.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Not pointed out, but Aron pretty much has to consider what he just did to himself as this if he's going to survive and get help.
* PermaShave: Aron spends the better part of a week in the canyon, but his moustache/goatee does not grow at all. It is justified, however, in that he starts with quite a bit of scruff and most people have the same type of stubbly, uneven beard growth over several days, somewhere between the light stubble and a full fledged beard. This was indeed the case for Aron, as the pictures he took of himself (they're in his book) show.
* ProlongedPrologue: Though the opening credits start right away, the actual title doesn't appear onscreen until Aron traps himself, about 15 minutes in.
* RealPersonCameo: RealLife Aron Ralston appears at the very end.
* SafetyGearIsCowardly: Demonstrates why [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs this trope is a very bad idea]]. If Aron had followed basic safety protocol such as letting people know where he was going, the story might have played out a lot differently.
* ShownTheirWork: Ralston himself said it was as accurate as possible without being a documentary. Ralston helped a little: he gave the filmmakers access to his video journal from inside the canyon.
* SickeningCrunch: You know the part. [[spoiler: When he breaks his own bones to amputate his arm.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** Bill Withers' "Lovely Day" appearing in the scene where Aron builds a pulley system in an attempt to get out from under the boulder.
** Inverted with the sound design when Aron has to sever the nerve and just ''touching it'' causes a loud buzz/screech (à la the Operation board game) falling somewhere between microphone feedback and a chainsaw. The result is a downright [[HellIsThatNoise visceral reaction]] that one can imagine is only a iota of what Aron actually felt.
* UnreliableNarrator: Done to reflect his mental state in the crevice. Which events really take place, which are memories, which are premonitions, which are fantasies, and which are hallucinations?
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