Based on the unbelievable true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston, 127 Hours is the definition of being stuck between a rock and a hard place, literally. While canyoneering in Canyonlands National Park in Utah, Aron finds his arm trapped under a boulder after it becomes dislodged from the ledge above. With no one looking for him, he must now find a way to free himself or face certain death.
The majority of 127 Hours takes place between cramped canyon walls where the audience will form an intimate relationship with Aron (James Franco). There are some fantastic aerial shots that show both the beauty and desolate nature of where his is but for the most part the film is confined to Aron and the rocks.That being said, it's one of the most intense experiences you will watch.
Those familiar with the story will no doubt be on edge the whole film waiting for that one moment where he does the unthinkable and cuts his arm off with a rusty pocket knife. To say that it is gruesome would be an understatement. We see (and hear) everything, from the bones snapping to the flesh and tendons peeling away. It's actually quite difficult to watch and definitely not for the squeamish. As horrible as it is, that one scene alone makes own 127 Hours on Blu-ray a no-brainer.
-Commentary by Director/Co-Screenwriter Danny Boyle, Producer Christian Colson and Co-Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy
-Search & Rescue
-127 Hours: An Extraordinary View
-God is Love Short Film
Even better than the film itself are the bonus features, all presented in glorious high definition. Leading the pack is "Search & Rescue" which details the events of Aron's rescue through the eyes of the people actually involved, including Aron himself. Included are pictures Aron took himself such as the infamous one when he finally succeeded in freeing himself from the boulder. It really shows how amazing and lucky the rescue was.
Overall, 127 Hours is ones of those events you never hope to find yourself in, and I believe the film does well in conveying the real life experiences of Aron.