Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rise From The Dead In 127 Hours

Just one hour ago, you were an athletic guy biking the red walls of a Utah canyon and swimming blue subterranean pools with scantily-clad girls. Now, your life is fucked. You'd give anything, if the rewind on your camcorder could turn back time to before that loose boulder pinned you into a remote crevice where noone will ever find you. Yet, it can't. You wanna live sooooo bad, but does anyone wanna live enough to saw a dull pocket knife through skin, muscles, nerves and bone until freed from a crushed hand? You're about to find out.

127 Hours is the awe-inspiring true story of Aron Ralston played by James Franco. Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle takes this rather stationary tale and crafts a moving film with brilliant photo angles and eccentric music.

While our last movie review involved pushing the limits to end life, this one is about crossing boundries with the hunger to live. Composer A. R. Rahman's finale "If I Rise" makes Aron's ascent from the underworld the best encore since Jesus rocked the tomb. You'll cherish life and maybe even live better after this flick.


  1. This is such an amazing story, definitely by the grace of God he survived.

  2. WHAT A JOKE! Anyone who has had a true experience with God doesn't use foul language! I suggest you read your Bible and stop advertising this junk!

  3. Andi,
    Thanks for reading and commenting. Since I made no direct mention of God in this post, I assume you mean my reference to the tomb rocker. Consider this: The guy who wrote more biblical books than any other (Paul) addressed a letter to his friends in Galatia, because they were being harassed by uptight fundamentalists who said they had to be circumcised to be acceptable. (A pretty stiff requirement for an adult male.) Paul's harsh response was "As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!" (Galatians 5:12) This crude joke that they should let the razor slip and castrate themselves was so unpalatable to puritanical bible translators that they made the English versions more ambiguous. I understand that my desire to pursue spirituality but not be religious is annoying to some. However, I'm in good company. Breaking religious rules was the same thing that pissed off religious leaders about Jesus. Since I'm a long way from his level, your objection to me is fine. Just be sure that if the carpenter (who preferred to work with burly fishermen than religious types) shows up again, you don't kick him out of your house of worship this time.