Directed by Danny Boyle
Starring James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, ClÃ©mence PoÃ©sy
Release date: January 5, 2011 (UK)
Variety is the spice of life. With that in mind, director Danny Boyle decided to follow up his nicey-nicey, award-hogging sparkly dance-fest Slumdog Millionaire with a true story about a trapped canyoneer who is forced to cut off his own hand to save his life. Danny Boyle didnâ€™t spice up his life, he destroyed the recipe.
127 Hours tells the real-life story of Aron Ralston, a prolific climber. Ralstonâ€™s story is a famous one: in 2003 he fell while climbing Blue John Canyon in Utah and landed at the bottom of a claustrophobic ridge. He dislodged a boulder which tumbled with him, crushing his right hand against the ridge wall. The boulder was too heavy to move let alone lift, and being a little arrogant he made the disastrous decision not to tell anyone where he was going. He desperately tries everything to escape: pushing and pulling at the rock every which way, chipping away at the rock with his multi tool, rigging a pulley system to try and heave the rock upwards, but nothing works. After six days he was forced to make a decision: stay and die, or cut off his hand and escape. As if that wasnâ€™t hard enough, all he had to do it with was a cheap multi-tool with a small, blunt knife.
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