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MOVIE REVIEW: 127 Hours

Danny Boyle and James Franco deliver

James Franco as Aron Ralston in "127 Hours."

James Franco as Aron Ralston in "127 Hours."

  • James Franco as Aron Ralston in "127 Hours."
  • James Franco as Aron Ralston in "127 Hours."
  • (L-R) Director Danny Boyle and James Franco on the set of "127 Hours."
  • James Franco as Aron Ralston in "127 Hours."
  • (L-R) James Franco as Aron Ralston and Clmence Posy as Rana in "127 Hours."
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I’m really impressed with Danny Boyle and I hope he makes films for a very long time.

The first movie of his I saw was Shallow Grave, an interesting crime drama. I liked Slumdog Millionaire, but not nearly as much as Trainspotting – the best drug film ever made.

127 Hours – which he wrote, produced, and directed – is a solid effort.

He made this film about as good as you could make a story about a guy that just sort of hangs around, trying to escape a boulder. (It’s a lot better than the recent Buried)

The movie was up-tempo, had nice shots, and an engaging actor in the lead.

James Franco is quickly becoming the next Johnny Depp. The women love him, and critics praise him. It’s well deserved, although I hardly think he deserves an Oscar nomination for this role (I guarantee he’ll get one, though).

I was also a bit let down by the film, hearing that it was making a lot ofTop 10lists this year.

I initially thought it would be hard to have sympathy for an adrenaline junkie doing dangerous things, and going through life hurting people (a girlfriend, his mother). They make him regret some of the things he’s done and really – how can you not have sympathy for anyone that has a boulder roll onto their arm?

Quick note to the guys behind me talking: for once I didn’t mind. One mentioned Indiana Jones dodging a boulder. The other said, “This movie should’ve been called ‘A Farewell to Arm’.”

Funny stuff, and then they shut up. Perfect.

I have to say, I did feel guilty eating popcorn and drinking a Cherry Coke while this guy was starving, thirsty, and thinking about all the beer and soda commercials he’s seen in the past.

When Boyle goes into the flashbacks, visions, and thoughts of the character – it is interesting and doesn’t seem forced.

I did think this would’ve been a better film if it was a docu-drama. The way the documentary Man on Wire was a few years ago (one of the best documentaries you’ll ever see).

I’ve seen this guy with his new arm, on all the talk shoes. He’s a great storyteller, and him telling those stories with recreations would’ve been more interesting.

I liked this movie more than Cast Away and Into the Wild. And for a movie in which you know the ending – it held my interest enough.

I’m giving it a B-.

And remember parents – Swiss Army Knives make great stocking stuffers.