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Aron Ralston, James Franco, and Danny Boyle Comment on “127 Hours” at Toronto Film Festival

As reviews and reactions roll in on the film festival circuit, the media engine is shifting from a hum to a steady roar. Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours”, based on Aron Ralston’s famous showdown with an errant boulder in Bluejohn Canyon, is garnering impressive reviews from a wide swath of critics. Vanity Fair, Time Magazine, Scott Feinberg, and the New York Post, and the L.A. Times all gush over early screenings of the film, creating quite a buzz in not only the film world, but in the on-line canyon discussion groups. Despite the litany of cheesy outdoor adventure films like “Cliffhanger”, “Vertical Limit”, “The Cave” that have made life-like adventure movies a distant dream for most real outdoor adventure enthusiasts, there seems to be an inkling of hope for Boyle’s film. And with reviews like this,  I’m guessing even the most proud and down-to-earth canyoneer won’t be able to resist the allure of “127 Hours” when it hits theaters in November. As Steven Zeitchik of the L.A. Times explains, Boyle rejects the typical action sequences in the film in favor of more initmate, human experiences that actually make the movie MORE real, and thus MORE scary. A number of stories describe … Continue reading

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“127 Hours” Trailer Released

The canyoneering community was abuzz recently after the trailer release for “127 Hours”, Danny Boyle’s dramatization of Aron Ralston’s battle with a sizable boulder in Bluejohn Canyon. The sneak-peek doesn’t show us all that much, but confirms the typical elements of adventure movie fare will be present: 1. Breathtaking cinematography of some of America’s most acclaimed landscapes. I am looking forward to all sorts of canyonland eye candy. 2. Some realistic canyoneering depictions. James Franco (or likely his stunt double) shows some nice stemming moves, and they did go into actual canyons for the footage. 3. Some unrealistic canyoneering depictions. The scene where Franco drops out of sight and into the gorgeous pool of crystal-blue water… uh, unless there are hallucinatory drugs involved, that’s not going to happen in Utah. I bet they all emerge with any scrapes, too. 4. Actors will be better looking than anybody I’ve ever seen in the backcountry. And actresses will be thrown in for audience interest. But the big question is: Will it be a good story? This remains to be seen. A litany of Hollywood adventure films suggest making an engaging, realistic storyline is next to impossible, BUT few of them (maybe none … Continue reading

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