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An Incredible Tale of Survival
by Marco
April 3, 2011

 

What would you do if you were forced to face-up to the very real possibility of your own imminent mortality? Who would you think about? What regrets would flash across your worried mind?

The 2010 film, 127 Hours, gives the true life account of Aron Ralston's five day struggle to stay alive. Trapped in mind numbing isolation while having to deal with his slowly deteriorating body, he eventually runs out of options and has to make the biggest decision of his life.

The film is based on Ralston's autobiography, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and paints a perfect picture of the human spirit and its capabilities - the will to survive. If you pay attention, there is also a huge underlying sociological lesson to be learned.

The movie was filmed at the beautiful Canyonlands National Park in Utah and has many picturesque scenes of desert canyons and amazing rock formations. If you like the outdoors, you’ll enjoy this film, but this recommendation comes with a small warning: if you are the squeamish type you might be shocked by how real and graphic this film becomes towards the end.

This film was nominated for the academy awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Film Editing, Best Music (Original Score), Best Music (Original Song) Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) and Best Picture. Need I say more? A great film!