James Franco Plays Death-Defying Mountain Climber in "127 Hours"

| by Hollywood Elsewhere

Danny Boyle's 127 Hours, which stars James Franco, tells the true story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who amputated half his forearm with a Swiss Army knife in order to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for a full five days in '03.

The theme of 127 Hours is about courage, "choosing life" -- a brave kind of heroism. The first half-hour is reportedly dialogue-free, which sounds intriguing. I believe that the dialogue-free opening of There Will Be Blood lasted appproximately 15 minutes, give or take.

Fox Searchlight will be facing a marketing challenge, to say the least, in persuading Average Joes to want to see this, or to sit through the arm-hacking portion, at least. I'm not trying to deflate anything or anyone. I'm just honestly asking myself a question that I'm sure others are grappling with as we speak. Who wants to see such a story?

If I was Ralston I wouldn't walk around with a naked arm stub. I would get myself a cool-looking prosthetic Dr. No arm -- black, nimble-fingered, powerful grip, etc. Or a T2 arm.

"'Tis the thing behind the mask I chiefly hate; the malignant thing that has plagued mankind since time began; the thing that maws and mutilates our race, not killing us outright but letting us live on, with half a heart and half a lung and half an arm."