the film was a true story of Aron Ralston, a mountain climber who got trapped in an isolated canyon when a fallen boulder crashed onto his arm. he was forced to amputate his lower right arm with a dull knife in order to free himself. for 5 days he was trapped, his mind traveled in between his childhood and past experiences, giving him courage to do what it took to survive. his book was published in 2004, with the title "Between a Rock and a Hard Place".
despite the incident being a real event, the storyline was way too simple and predictable to be engaging. it reminded us of Frozen (2010), for everything to happen in one spot throughout the film. we were most of the time emotionally disturbed yet failed to feel the intended sympathy towards Aron. he made the choice of distancing himself from everyone including his family, no one knew where he went because he never care to inform anyone. in some way, we felt that he got it coming. but the film seemed to throw a loner and an idiot into the same category. with Aron's intelligence, it was disbelieving that he would be so careless not to mention to anyone of his destination. being a loner couldn't have mean that he must be an idiot, could it?
some backgrounds on the movie:
- director: Danny Boyle
- released: 2010
- casts: James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Sean Bott, Treat Williams, Kate Burton
- language: English
- genre: Biography/Thriller