"Don't pass out."127 Hours
— Aron Ralston, to himself (and the audience)
is a 2010 film directed by Danny Boyle
, and stars James Franco
as real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston,
and the 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 127 hours
, and the unthinkable choice he must make in order to survive
This movie contains examples of:
- An Aesop:
- 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.
- All Just a Dream: 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.
- 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.
- Based on a True Story: And how!