The cut­ting edge

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127 HOURS ( MA) ★★★★ Star: James Franco, Am­ber Tam­blyn, Kate Mara, Treat Wil­liams Di­rec­tor: Danny Boyle Avail­able: Now on DVD and BD

BASED on the real-life ac­count of ego­tis­ti­cal Amer­i­can ad­ven­turer Aaron Ral­ston, who ended up lit­er­ally stuck be­tween a rock and a hard place while out ad­ven­tur­ing one week­end in Utah. This grip­ping and fac­tu­ally ac­cu­rate bio-drama is as ab­sorb­ing as a film about a guy trapped by a boul­der can be. Thanks to some stylish direc­tion by Danny Boyle ( Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire ) and driven by a pow­er­ful per­for­mance from James Franco as the soli­tary hiker, it in­tro­duces us to Ral­ston as he ven­tures off on his fate­ful trek in 2003. He comes a crop­per in a canyoneer­ing ac­ci­dent, leav­ing his arm trapped be­neath a fallen boul­der. Af­ter days un­able to free him­self and out of sup­plies, he is left with an un­think­able so­lu­tion in or­der to sur­vive. Ral­ston can be an un­like­able sod but this de­pic­tion of his in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal strug­gle is mean­ing­ful in­deed and both Boyle and Franco give him many lay­ers. With a fo­cus on a man and his mor­tal­ity, this does take you out of your com­fort zone but it puts you right there into the drama and that’s good film­mak­ing. Ex­tras: N/ A

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