127 Hours… 70 Days Later

January 13, 2011 at 10:34 pm

127 Hours...  70 Days Later | 127 Hours Movie Review

Sometimes, there just isn’t enough time to see every movie you’d like in theaters.  I think I suffer withdrawal if a lot of time passes between screenings.  I love going to the movies.   Each time you experience something different. (Unless you’re a fan of repeat viewings.)

I didn’t get a chance to see 127 Hours when it was first released but I finally got my shot (70 days after it was released…) and it was definitely worth the wait.  The verdict?

127 Hours Was Awesome

What can I say?  This was one of the most visually interesting and well edited movies I’ve seen in a long time.  That sounds like a generic compliment doesn’t it?  Doesn’t everyone think the editing is good when there are split screens and such?

Note: Do they really?

Forget the effective use of split screens.  I’m talking about editing.  I loved the quick cutting between flashbacks and dream sequences while cleverly using jump cuts.  Not to mention Danny Boyle’s amazing eye.  I loved the variety in his shots.  He used so many different shooting styles, speeds and techniques and it all came together seamlessly.  127 Hours is an incredible film.

I envy the editor of this this movie. (Jon Harris who also cut Snatch by the way.)  He must have had a blast working with that footage.  Personally, I think it’s the best edited movie of the year.  I was inspired.

127 Hours makes me want to be a better editor.  Between my career as a professional editor in television and the new short film I’m currently cutting, I’m happy I’ll get the chance to raise my game.  To be better.   Any film that inspires me to become a better filmmaker and storyteller will always have a special place in my heart. Welcome to the team 127 Hours!

As for the film as a whole, the true story of Aron Ralston is truly amazing and the film’s tag line says it all:

There is no force in the universe stronger than the will to survive.

It’s a story of courage lead by a masterful performance by James Franco. (Who fully deserves an Oscar nomination.)

I honestly feel like I should apologize for not seeing it the day it came out.  This review is horribly dated now but I had to write about it.  Every movie I see makes me feel like screenwriting.  And every once in a while, a film comes along that ignites my desire to edit.

127 Hours accomplished both.

I’m sorry I waited so long.

XTRA: All Time Best: Movie Based On A True Story

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