08 November 2010

Walkabout No. 35 (127 Hours)


Today was the 2nd scheduled walkabout for Therese & I since my return to Seattle and we woke up to rain, lots of rain and dark, gray skies. 

Miserable. 

Since I was still living off all that beautiful & dry California sunshine - Therese & I decided to stay inside and go see a movie instead of our usual outdoor walkabout.

We were both interested in checking out  the movie 127 Hours.  Based on the true story of Aron Ralston.  Ralston, a seasoned mountain climber, became trapped  for more than 5 days when his arm became crushed & wedged by an 800 pound falling boulder in a desolate and remote area of Canyonlands National Park in Utah.

Ralston ultimately survived his ordeal by first break his right forearm and then amputating it with a dull knife.  After he had freed his arm from the rock he had to rappel down a steep hill with one-arm and hike for over 6 miles through the desert until he was finally spotted & rescued by a family out hiking.

The movie is based on his book, "Between a Rock and a Hard Place".


Last year I had seen Ralston being interviewed on CNN and found his story compelling so when I read they were making a movie about his ordeal I knew I definitely wanted to go see it.

James Franco in 127 Hours
 James Franco, as Aron Ralston, nailed it. 

Watching the scenes where he has become trapped and begins to realize that he will probably die are so intense & frightening.

I felt like it was me who was trapped. 

This picture is riveting - he is not screaming in pain but because he has just realized that he will probably not get out alive.

The film is full of moments where I would forget to breath ...   

The movie definitely has some gruesome moments but the overall story and acting make it a must see.


Aron Ralston, who is still a mountain climber, is a shining example of human spirit & will.
 


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