Monday, October 25, 2010


Review: 127 Hours
4.5 stars (out of 5)
By R. Kurt Osenlund

Danny Boyle's sun-washed survivalist drama “127 Hours” is a movie of intensified, palpable sensations – a character study so closely intimate and keenly hip to human responses that it creates a psychic, near-tactile link between viewer and protagonist. One of the earlier sensations Boyle perfectly captures is the grating, “now-what?!” frustration that erupts when a wild inconvenience wedges itself between us and our practical plans. There's no one who hasn't felt it – the sense that some unseen force sent an asteroid plummeting to Earth to demolish the day. When these roadblocks strike, and when the screaming and stomping have died down, we have little choice but to switch tracks and chase after a solution. The things of which we're capable multiply, as we'll do anything not just to survive, but to gain back that comfy practicality.

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