James Franco Covers Outside Magazine

by Daniel Haim

James Franco steals the show in 127 Hours, drawing on his physicality and wit to create a character who isn’t exactly Aaron Ralston but is faithful nonetheless to what Ralston endured

Jame Franco is in virtually every scene of 127 Hours, delivering a performance that carries an inherently challenging film. Though the story of Aaron Ralston’s ordeal in Utah’s Blue John Canyon is dramatic by definition, it’s also fairly static: once the Ralston character gets pinned by the infamous fallen boulder, he stays planned – despite atempts to escape by chipping away at the rock and fashioning a pulley system with his canyoneering gear – until the climax sequence, late in the movie, when he cuts his way to freedom.