Nick Schager Reviews 127 Hours

Considering his career-long interest in man’s alternately harmonious and hostile relationship with his environment, Werner Herzog would have been an ideal choice to helm 127 Hours, the story of climber and canyoneer Aron Ralston, who spent the titular duration at the bottom of Utah’s Blue John canyon, his arm wedged between a boulder and a rock wall. On the other hand, the film’s actual director, Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), proves an awkward fit for such material, engaging in hyper-stylized kineticism in an attempt to refract his tale through the very media-saturated filters that Aron (played by James Franco) himself embraced.

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