Reading the Screen: Aron Ralston’s 127 Hours
Posted by: David Pitt
Danny Boyle, director of such diverse fare as 28 Days Later, Shallow Grave, and Slumdog Millionaire, is working on 127 Hours, the true story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who, in 2003, amputated his own arm after he was trapped by a boulder.
You probably read about the story in the newspaper, but there’s a lot you don’t know. Ralston’s book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place (2004), fills in the details. It’s a pretty scary story — maybe you can imagine cutting off your own arm with a pocket knife, but I’m not sure I can – but it’s also an inspiring and, believe it or not, occasionally amusing story.
There’s also a version of the story for younger readers, ages 9 – 12, called Trapped in a Canyon!: Aron Ralston’s Story of Survival (2007), by Matt Doeden.
If you’re familiar with Boyle’s movies — I’m thinking here particularly of 28 Days Later, of which I’m a huge fan – you know he doesn’t shy away from graphic imagery. And remember: the movie is about a man who cut off his own arm. I’m not sure whether I’m excited or terrified.