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    127 Hours ~ New Movie

    Anyone else excited to see the new film about Aron Ralston's hiking misadventure in Utah? It's out next Friday (November 5th). I loved the book when I read it a few years ago.

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    Definitely looking forward to seeing the movie. The Dateline documentary Tom Brokaw did a year or so after Ralston's incident was great. I kind of liked Ralston's book, but I think his story of his bear encounter in the Tetons was mostly bulls**t. Kind of like Bill Bryson's bear story in "A Walk in the Woods". Just seemed like the product of a healthy imagination. Hopefully the movie will be more like a documentary and less like hollywood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy View Post
    Hopefully the movie will be more like a documentary and less like hollywood.
    I'm hoping that as well. I almost would have liked to see the story as an episode of "I Shouldn't Be Alive". Hopefully this movie turns out better.

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    And as we know from "Into Thin Air", it's soooooo easy to take a compelling story and turn it into a dreadful movie.
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    The fact that it is directed by Danny Boyle makes me interested. But I still can't shake the feeling that it's simply glorifying someone's stupid mistake.

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    This movie could potentially lead to a strong increase in visitation to Utah's slot canyons. I'm assuming many of the films' upcoming viewers will be learning about slot canyons for the first time and will be mesmerized (as many of us were the first time we visited one). I wonder if accidents will therefore increase because of this movie.

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    I think if you can watch a movie that revolves around how dangerous slot canyons can be, and how someone had to cut off his own arm because of an accident in one.

    Then get all excited and go off and visit a slot canyon without training, research or preparation and have an accident there...that accident didn't happen "because of the movie."
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    I'm interested in seeing the movie, but will probably have to wait for Netflix (our "movies seen in theater" number dropped to about one once Norah was born ).

    I read Entertainment Weekly and the movie has good buzz. It's shown at several film festivals to positive reviews and has even been mentioned as an Oscar contender: 127 Hours on EW.com

    Of course, what is a good movie to the general populace might not cut it with the VFTT diehards. I'll be curious to see what people think after they see it.

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    I saw it at a test screening about 4 months ago, and it is not very documentary like at all. Definitely full-on hollywood.

    That being said, I thought it was great. :-)
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    Thanks for the heads-up for this film! I've been waiting for it's release.

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    I do love adventure films and this could be good.
    I'll watch the movie when it almost immediately goes to video. But I have to say...I read half of his book and I was disgusted how irresponsible he was in his endeavors. He even admited to it many times.
    I feel for the guy, he got himself saved by his own dull blade and determination. If he can peck out a career as a public speaker, fine.
    But I hope the movie spins it as, this is not what you should do out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy View Post
    And as we know from "Into Thin Air", it's soooooo easy to take a compelling story and turn it into a dreadful movie.
    Conversely, you can get a movie like "Touching the Void", which I think the movie made the story.

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    dug,
    I own the dvd "Touching the Void." I watch it at least twice a year. That one does merit to Joe Simpson's book of the same name. It rules!!
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    Same response to the movie about this true story as I had to "Titanic" - I know how it ends (never did see that Titanic movie).
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    Ralston was also the 1st person to complete all the Colorado 14ers in winter -solo! (A bunch of the peaks were completed after his accident). But I remember reading an article about him using some not well thought out techniques which led to more risky than usual circumstances while doing so. That being said, my theory is that he does in sheer number so many different things, that he's bound to have a problem or two! I for one will definitely go see the movie!
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