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The first film where I can say it's an ordeal to sit through without it being offensive.
You know two things walking into this, 1) It's about a guy trapped against a rock for 127 Hours and 2) He has to do some seriously gory life (and limb) changing decision to escape. It's obvious that everyone in the theatre I went to only went so they can see number 2, because through out 90% of the film all they did was talk non stop. It's such a same that people hear of a great movie and all they can respect out of it is that it's going to be really nasty and grim, especially when the films message is a celebration of life, and what it is to live it. But it also shows how engrossing a film is, when you are filled in a room full of unruly people and yet you still feel stressed and distressed from what is going on in the film, instead of what is going on around you.
The film is exhausting when you walk out of it, you feel the limitation of water intake the character has, you feel the mental strain on him as the film goes on and paranoia takes over him just because he simply has nothing more to do, and yes, you feel his bone breaking and his nerve snapping pain he goes through to get out at the end. All this comes down to James Franco's preformance, it's earth shatteringly fantastic. He has to put across a lot through very little. He has to show that he desperate he is, every second you see him is restraining his character more and more, from his energy to his mentality, where you see his final decision to do the inevitable. As the audience are constantly emphasising with him while also questioning what they would do in the situation.
Danny Boyle has made a great film here. Whenever you hear about a film that's "Based on the Incredible True Story" you rarely feel after you've watched that film how Incredible it was, you just feel like it's a film. But this film really does put you in the moment, and makes you really think what life is really about, and why it's so important just to live life. It makes you question what would you do if in the same situation (Short Answer, No, I probably would just stay there and die knowing me). The fact that one of the only complaints I can come up with for the film is that it was such a nervous and panicky situation to sit through that I almost don't want to see it again, shows what a triumph this film really is.
P.S. Bonus points for scaring the crap out of me with Scooby Doo, Mr. Boyle.
BETTER THAN SEX!