'127 HOURS' - MOVIE REVIEW
By Naveen Varadarajan
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Release Date: November 5, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Official Site: http://www.127hoursmovie.com/
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Amber Tamblyn, Clemence Poesy, Darin Southam, Fenton Quinn, James Franco, Kate Burton, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan, Norman Lehnert
Genre: Drama (You will not agree?)

If you thought '127 hours' would be a roller-coaster ride, you are in for a disappointment.

Story Line - 127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the
wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? [Courtesy: Fox Searchlight]

Analysis - Wafer-thin Storyline - A True Story based on the Book "Between a Rock and a Hard Place' by Aron Ralston, Experimental 'Screenplay styles' for a rather very Predictable Screenplay by Danny Boyle and his Constant, Simon Beaufoy , Good Direction by Danny Boyle and with some Top-Notch Casting makes his job easier (compared to Debutants in SlumDog Millionaire)

Coming to Casting, James Franco (as Aron Ralston) is Charming, Kate Mara (as Kristy) and Amber Tamblyn (as Megan) are okay in their Cameos. Others are fine and dont have much to perform in this "One-Man Mission".

Decent Background Score by A.R. Rahman (variations of the starting bit of Usure Poguthey-Raavan & Oru Poiyyavathu-Jodi are used in 2 important scenes). Silence is used powerfully, when needed. Songs are weaved into the Background Score. Song by Dido and A.R. Rahman is an impressive number - 'For all you Jai Ho! fans, You cant have a Jai Ho!, Please!'. Glenn Freemantle's Sound Design is ordinary.

Impressive Cinematography by Danny Boyle's another Constant Anthony Dod Mantle and Enrique Chediak - be it the Orangish Canyons or the Bluish Waters, Compositions are just Amazing, Proper utilization of jibs, Steadicams are a plus.

Editing by Jon Harris is okay. Movie could have been a bit shorter and Tighter.

Costumes by Suttirat Anne Larlarb are okay.

'127 Hours' has some Rich Production Values. Thanks to Suttirat Anne Larlarb.

Art Direction by Christopher R. DeMuri and Set Decoration by Les Boothe are interesting and compliments the rich production values.

Stunts by Jeff Danoff are well done.

Visual Effects are good and worth it. The Storm-like sequence is an example. Adam Gascoyne, Visual Effects Supervisor and his team deserves special applause. Special Effects Team has done a neat job.

Rest of the Crew members also earns a special mention for working on this movie which requires a lot of risk, hardwork and determination.

Verdict - It is a Richly made Documentary film.

Rating - I am going with 2.75/5

Thanks,
Naveen Varadarajan.
youthpowerinnovations@gmail.com

Naveen is a New York based Cinematographer specialized in 3D; Film Maker; Information Systems Analyst; Alumnus of London School of Economics & Political Sciences and NY Film Academy.

Tags : Danny Boyle, A.R. Rahman, Jai Ho, Slumdog Millionaire

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