Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Over the past couple of weeks, preview audiences for a new movie have been reacting strongly to the film. There have been reports of seizures and fainting. Even a few people in the movie industry, understanding special effects and tricks of the trade, have been caught off-guard by scenes in the new release.

Now you may be thinking that I’m referring to a new horror movie, such as Saw 3D. No, this movie is based on a true story of survival: 127 Hours. Starring James Franco (Spiderman) and directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), it’s the story of Aron Ralston, a young man who refused to surrender against terrible odds. Many of us probably remember hearing or reading about Ralston back in 2003. While hiking, he fell and his arm became pinned by a boulder. After five days, with no sign of help, out of food and water, Ralston realized there was only one way out. Only one way to survive. He’d have to cut off his arm.

The Los Angeles Times has made available its articles about Ralston. The young man himself wrote about his ordeal in the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place. That book has become the basis for the movie 127 Hours. I’ve no doubt that film will do well at the box office, in spite of – or because of – the reports of audience reaction to the graphic, harrowing scenes.  Scenes based on what Ralston went through.

For the more squeamish of us – anyone besides me? -- here’s a list of fictional movies and TV series about survival. Some are dramatic. Some are adventurous. Some are classics. But a few may make you think and maybe ask, “What would I do to survive?”


I read Island of the Blue

I read Island of the Blue Dolphins in middle school, but it's been so long that I can barely remember the story. Another book that has a similar theme is Julie of the Wolves. Again I read it in middle school and have a hard time remembering the plot, but I do remember thinking it was interesting.

I, too, read the book Island

I, too, read the book Island of the Blue Dolphins in middle school!   But I had seen the movie a couple of years before that.  There weren't many adventure stories featuring young girls at that time, so I really loved both the book and the movie.  And then to find out that it was based on a true story was especially cool.

I've not read Julie of the Wolves, but I shall see about putting it on hold.  Thank you for writing!