Friday, December 17, 2010

Review: 127 Hours

Let's make one thing clear right off the bat: if it weren't for James Franco's performance, 127 Hours would not be receiving the rating it has.  It is Franco that makes this movie what it is.  Otherwise, this film is a stone cold Squalor.  You can believe in Franco, you can read the panic and struggle in his expression.  He's putting his physical self into a role which involves very little in terms of believable dialogue or noteworthy relationships.  James Franco is the saving grace of 127 Hours.  Otherwise, Danny Boyle's first outing since Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire is a remarkably overrated low-budget thriller that has somehow been raised up towards art house distinction when it is anything but.  What it feels like instead is a neatly performed bit of student film, the handicam dry-land cousin of Open Water or Frozen, another hopeful bit of survivalist fancy based on a true story and peddling its cheap shot horrors for an audience who by now should really be more discerning...

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