This is the movie about the young man that was hiking alone near Maob, Utah, in 2003 when his right arm and hand became pinned by a boulder. He was an experienced cayoneer, but even this situation was beyond his meager equipment kept in his backpack. He was desperate. He had not told anyone where he was going.
This movie is directed by Danny "Slumdog Millionaire" Boyle who also co-wrote the screenplay with Simon Beaufoy who won the 2009 Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Slumdog." Their screenplay is based on the novel "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" by Aron Ralston. Ralston is the guy the country first met when he survived this ordeal and lived to tell the world about his incredible journey and the time he spent helplessly trapped by the unforgiving boulder.
I often wondered "how could this happen?" This film painfully describes the events and superbly introduces us to Aron played by James Franco. I am writing this review while I am watching the movie at my desk in my office. Never written while watching a movie. It is riveting and I'm squirming in my chair.
When he was first trapped and was frantically trying to extricate himself, I did not think I would be able to continue watching. The story is gripping and Franco's portrayal is excruciatingly believable. The film editing, camera angles and direction are enthralling.
Back to Aron; he's suffering and having hallucinations, talking and singing to himself; doing anything to stay alive as his situation seems hopeless. He dropped his small pocket knife but was able to adroitly retrieve it. He has a video camera and is capturing significant scenes and leaving messages to whoever might find him and his parents.
Boyle is developing Aron's character through flashbacks while keeping tabs on the ordeal. It started on Sunday and now it's Monday. Aron is attempting to wedge, push, and leverage the boulder off his arm; nothing is working. I'm really rooting for this guy. No more writing until the film is over.
I lied; I couldn't wait. The scene I just saw caused me to get out of my chair and quickly stand up and walk around my office only to hurriedly return so I wouldn't miss anything. Aron and I are both struggling. Props to Danny Boyle; I'm sucking on a butterscotch so I'll calm down. Aron is asleep and an ant is crawling on his face.
I made it; the movie is over and the ending credits are rolling. Did Aron make it? I need a break. I'm drained. Franco deserves a nomination and so does Boyle. Rock 'n Roll.