When I first saw the trailer for this film, I really wasn’t too sure about it. Though, as time passed by I heard a lot of good things about the movie. And, being that I did enjoy Danny Boyle’s last film – I recently decided to check it out.
Let me just say, I think the music and the cinematography in this movie catered to Danny Boyle and his particular style. In a sense, it gave the film an upbeat kind of feel – there was definitely a feeling and sense of adventure.
Depicting the main character, Aron Ralston (played by James Franco), was very well done in the film. His sense of adventure and willingness to try out just about any type of outdoor activity (mainly mountain climbing and off road biking) really showed.
As for the storyline itself, I felt it was a bit bland. Being based on Ralston’s autobiography, I could see how the film could be limited in scope in terms of its storyline.
Quite honestly, the story just didn’t resonate with me. It was really a case of one being too careless and hasty in their actions which resulted in a tragic accident. And, during this accident Ralston reminisces about his life and how he has neglected those who are closest to him in his quest for adventure.
During these flashbacks, there were a few questions unanswered. And, I felt there were just some pieces missing left unexplained.
(Note: For those who have seen the film, you’ll know what I’m talking about).
Though, I felt the cinematography, music and special effects were done fairly well. It was just the storyline that I found to be a bit bland.
But, I will say – near the end how Ralston gets out of his situation was portrayed quite well and very dramatic (in a good way). Though, I felt the movie overall just didn’t resonate with me as well as it did for others.
For me personally, maybe I just couldn’t relate. For those who are very adventurous and enjoy the outdoors or know someone who is, maybe you can better relate. Though, I don’t think it’s a movie for everyone.
If you’re an adventurous and outdoors type, you may want to check this one out. For everyone else, you may just want to pass on it.
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