Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My Thoughts on 127 Hours

The problem with films based on a true story is that there is a chance that you already know how the story end.  In the case of this film it's been well advertised that the film is about a mountain climber (played in the film by James Franco), who gets his arm trapped under a boulder and eventually has to cut it off.

As such, the film ends up being less about what happens and more about how it is portrayed.  By some coincidence, this is the second film to come out this year (after Buried) to feature only one central character.  This film cheats a bit more by Buried through the use of flashbacks and hallucinations.  However, the vast majority of the film is James Franco's character stuck on the side on a mountain.

During the film's festival run (which included TIFF), there were reports of people fainting during the film's amputation scene.  I do have say that the scene in question is quite graphic and is probably made more disturbing through Danny Boyle's use of music cues that effectively turns the scene into a human game of "Operation."

While not the best "person entrapped in enclosed area" film released this year (that still goes to Buried), I though that 127 Hours was an intriguing and suspenseful film that will keep you on the edge of your seat, even though you know how it's going to end.

9/10

DVD Picks - November 16, 2010 - Avatar: Extended Edition, The Last Airbender, A Christmas Carol, 3D Blu-Rays, and More

It's a very jam-packed week, which is a sure sign that the holiday shopping season is now underway.

More than six months after its movie-only release, Avatar finally gets feature-filled 3-disc release, which contains not one, but THREE versions of the movie, as well as over three hours of special features.  Hopefully, this has been well worth the wait. 

The other Avatar (as in The Last Airbender) is also released this week and will probably end up being the first M Night Shyamalan film I don't purchase.

We also have the release of Disney's A Christmas Carol, which is one of a large assortment of 3D-compatible Blu-Rays this week.  I can almost here the ads "2D Blu-Ray was SOOO last year! Throw that dinosaur out and buy the 3D model, along with a compatiable TV!!!!!."  Ah hem...on to the picks.