127 Hours

I saw 127 Hours this after­noon.  For those that have not heard of it (I only just learned of it in recent weeks), it is the story of a guy who goes out climb­ing alone, with­out telling any­one, who then gets his arm pinned by a large rock.  He’s out in the desert for 5 days before releas­ing him­self and find­ing help.  Overall, it was a great movie — a good char­ac­ter study (because, really, how much action can you have in a small canyon over five days?) and was grip­ping and sus­pense­ful.  A few other thoughts I took away from the film:

  • The the­ater has two dohick­eys on the ceil­ing, prob­a­bly smoke alarms, each with a red LED that blinks once every three sec­onds.
  • Sometimes sounds are more vivid that visu­als.
  • The wall sconces on either side of the room had lovely red glass that really matched the cur­tains.
  • Most peo­ple in the audi­ence crossed their arms tightly through­out much of the film.
  • Always tell peo­ple where you’re going and don’t go alone.  (I already knew this, but it was absolutely rein­forced.)
  • I will never look at the Gerber Multitool (or Chinese knock­off thereof) the same way again.
  • I will never look at the human arm the same way again.

There were a cou­ple of places where I half-expected to see Jigsaw pop out from behind a rock.  Well, jok­ingly to myself, but yeah...  A great film that I rec­om­mend, but I rec­om­mend it with a strength that is inversely pro­por­tional to your squea­mish­ness.

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Brian Enigma is a Portlander, manipulator of atoms & bits, minor-league blogger, and all-around great guy. He typically writes about the interesting “maker” projects he's working on, but sometimes veers off into puzzles, software, games, local news, and current events.

3 thoughts on “127 Hours”

  1. I have this mor­bid curios­ity about the movie (which I’ve known about for some time), but I don’t think I can must the strength to over­come my squeem­ish­ness. I know the story and I remem­ber when it hap­pened. ...Even the com­mer­cials for this movie give me the creepy-crawlies.

    1. I wouldn’t have noticed the blinky red lights, but there were a few scenes... urg. But from now on, you’ll know the blinky lights are there, so the crazi­ness gets deferred to the future.

      Nahhh.... I think I’ll just find a canyon on my own some­time in the next few weeks. 😉

      I was just think­ing — can peo­ple go to that spot and see the rock and his name carved on the wall? Because THAT would be REALLY creepy.

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