Thursday, December 2, 2010


Based on a true story

James Franco: 27-year-old Aron Ralston
Kate Mara: a young hiker Kristi
Amber Tamblyn: her friend Megan

The cinematography is great from the opening split-screen to the glorious panorama while soaring above the remote golden canyons of Utah. And the music helps to set the scene of a experienced mountain climber out for a day of adventure.

However the director didn’t have much to work with: for most of the film it’s one location, one actor. Yet he pulls it off beautifully, in large measure because we are privy to the innermost thoughts of an individual while trying to extricate himself from a perilous situation. Franco’s performance is worth the price of admission alone. Although the movie title gives some hint as to how long he will be in the predicament he’s found himself in, we are not at any point sure of the outcome.

It’s riveting stuff.

for language and some disturbing violent content/bloody images.

Full disclosure: I’m not sure this is a nitpick or not. But it might be so here goes. The letters REC in the corner of the video camera screen are in green. I always thought the only colour used to indicate a camcorder was in the recording mode was red.

There is one scene that the squeamish like me will want to avert their eyes (something I didn’t do this time!) because of the realistic portrayal of Aron taking extreme measures to deal with his situation.

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