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?”