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Danny Boyle has this brilliant style of presenting the goriest and most depressing subjects with such life that it portrays the more colorful picture and intention behind it. Be it the tremor of drugs and alcohol in Trainspotting, or the flesh eating zombies in 28 Days Later or even for that matter poverty and child abuse in the inferior Slumdog Millionaire, Boyle pulls it off with the human touch and without depressing his audience. In his most recent work, 127 Hours he pulls off a scene of the protagonist cutting off his own arm that got trapped in a rock, drinking his own urine, etc. and yet, you won't be really taking your eyes away from the screen.
127 Hours is the true story of Aron Ralston, a mountaineer who got his arm stuck in a rock in Utah and stayed there for 5 days until he chopped his arm off and freed himself. Well the story, as you can see, is summed up in a line. Many would not even consider this to be a good enough material for a full length feature, but there you see the talent of a seasoned campaigner such as Boyle who induced life into this one line story and made, well, a truly remarkable piece of cinema.
And of course, the film owes a lot of its goodness to the brilliant cinematography by Enrique Chediak and Anthony Dod Mantle. Also AR Rahman's befitting scores carve out the emotions attached to each scene nicely. But then above all, the performance of James Franco (who just gets better with every film) holds the film firmly in place.
Boyle sums up Ralston's 127 hour painful immobility into an hour of screen time and does it amazingly with the use of flashbacks, hallucinations and such philosophical dialog and montages, that it is almost poetic and musical.
It's hard not to think of Sean Penn's Into the Wild when you watch this one; but the opportunity of a drama in the former is much more and is very well utilized by Penn. 127 Hours gets a thumbs up because in its apparently low-scope drama, fulfills all cinematic needs of a viewer and at the same time does full justice to the great and real life story of Aron Ralston, exactly why Danny Boyle is a master!