So here we go. First REAL post of my new blog’s gonna be a movie one. You can probably guess based on the post title, but the theme of this one is movies about being trapped alone somewhere. First up…
127 hours. For those who don’t know, this is the movie based on the true story of a guy, Aron Ralston, who, while canyoneering in Utah, managed to get trapped and was only able to free himself by cutting his own arm off. OK, sorry, just ruined the movie…or so you would think. I went into this completely skeptical, having no idea how you could turn a story about a man being stuck in a canyon and cutting his arm off into a full length movie, especially when I already knew that was going to happen. But I am both surprised and pleased, Danny Boyle actually pulled it off.
Hell, he did more than pull it off. I will go so far as to say it was a brilliant movie. Definitely worth awards for Best Movie, Cinematography, and Best Actor (for James Franco, which I’ll get into later). And he took a risk in doing it. As I said before, I couldn’t imagine stretching out the story into a full length movie, and he could very well have done that by showing us the character in his routine before he left for the canyon, but apart from a little bit in the beginning and little flashes of backstory throughout the movie, he made the majority of the movie take place in the canyon and never once did it feel slow.
This movie has a bit of everything in it. It’s a beautifully shot nature film, it’s a goofy college summer film, it’s a comedy, it’s an emotional “relationship” drama, it’s an action film, it’s a drama on the human psyche, hell, it’s even got gore to rival any slasher film. And it all works perfectly together. I feel for this character. Hell, I become this character emotionally, suffering through his lows and riding his highs.
Which brings me to the most important part of this movie. James Franco. It’s because of him that it works. If he wasn’t believable, the movie would fall apart. But I can say that I am once again a big James Franco fan. He became a favorite of mine after seeing him on Freaks and Geeks (probably my all time favorite show) and I have enjoyed the majority of his work since then. But recently, he’s sort of fallen apart with his cheesy stoner comedy roles in things like Pineapple Express and the upcoming Your Highness and I just sort of lost hope. Well, he has redeemed himself and more with this movie.
Anyway, nuff said, check out this movie. You’ll like it. Here’s the trailer if you need more convincing.
Now, one more quick one before I go. Following the same idea of a man trapped alone…
Ryan Reynolds in Buried. This one tells the story of an American contractor in Iraq who wakes up to find himself in a wooden box/coffin, buried underground with no clue how he got there. While this one shares the concept of a single actor in a single setting, the similarities pretty much end there. While the director, D.P., and actor are the stars in 127 Hours, the script is the real star in this one. Though to be fair, Ryan Reynolds puts in a pretty good performance here. But whereas 127 Hours is a straightforward story of a man alone trying to get free, Buried gives that man a cell phone and adds in twists and turns to the story making it less about the journey of a man and more of a thriller.
Here’s the trailer:
Two movies that are definitely worth a watch. If you are only gonna watch one though, I definitely recommend 127 Hours. That’s all for this time. Stay tuned for a post on the new Capcom game Ghost Trick in the next day or two.