Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 by Adam Quigley
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It would be easier to dismiss the showiness of the overwhelmingly manic, pulsating style of 127 Hours if it weren’t so perfectly characteristic of its protagonist. With his earnest zest for life and self-proclaimed superhero status, Aron Ralston refuses to let anything keep him in one place for too long—save for, you know, a big rock. Viewers already know exactly how the movie is going to end the moment his arm gets lodged against that boulder, but the tale remains thrilling all the same. Boyle’s cinematically charged approach ensures that not a sensation or hallucinatory memory goes by without the viewer experiencing it in as intimately vivid of detail as the medium will allow, appropriately putting the emphasis on Ralston’s emotional journey rather than the pat how-will-he-escape narrative one. It’s a rare example of an inspirational true story that doesn’t ring false, never feeling clouded by the need to please audiences or adhere to the same emotional artifice as most films of its ilk. That the story ends on a note of life-affirming triumph is of course the expected conclusion, but unlike the phony “heartwarming true story” garbage that studios like Disney churn out at least once a year, 127 Hours earns it.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A commentary with Danny Boyle, Christian Colson & Simon Beaufoy, and deleted scenes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 2 featurettes (“Search & Rescue”, “127 Hours: An Extraordinary View”), a God of Love short film by Luke Matheny, and a digital copy of the film.
|BEST DVD PRICE|
|Amazon – $14.99|
|BEST BLU-RAY PRICE|
|Amazon – $19.99|