with James Franco
After his highly successful and praised (honestly disappointing) film, Slumdog Millionaire, Boyle's next move was to be supervised by both haters and lovers of the Slumdog. It is understandable that he decided to go for a less commercial feature that is distant from his previous work but that stays true to his style. A highly artistic achievement with enough mainstream ground; an unusual balance in today's cinema that few directors such as Nolan have managed to accomplish.
Based on a true story, the film is about extreme mountain climber Aron Ralston, that accidentally gets his arm trapped under a boulder. Unable to break free, the film depicts the processes that he goes through, from extreme introspection to creative surviving techniques. Danny Boyle describes it as "an action movie with a guy who can't move", very precise in my opinion.
127 Hours is unique and compelling, breathtaking and nerve-wrecking, inspiring, thoughtful and hard to swallow, but it is worth it to go through delusions, dehydration, pain, and regret to enjoy the final cathartic liberation along with Aron Ralston (James Franco in his finest performance).
Approach with caution, extreme visuals and situation.