It's almost like a one man show for about an hour of the film, so much of the weight of the film lies on Franco being able to convince us of the mixed emotions Aron goes through in different periods of the day and those hours, which he does. The film deliberately doesn't make him a hero — more of a capable athlete trapped by a momentary decision. Aron, from Loser Canyon, Utah, how do you know so much? In the beginning, society looks crowded, loud, and obtrusive. The book should be a guide to avoiding wedging your arm between stones in desolate wilderness. Made by movie fans, for movie fans. But at the same time I think Dumb Dumb thumbed his nose at the gods one time too many.
There were times when I wanted to shout at him to stop being so dull and naive, and while I admire his courage for self-amputating and understand how one's life can flash before one's eyes in the face of death, Ralston's memoir read a little too much like a boastful speech. I can't take it in my ass anymore. The book, though, has given me a completely different perspective. Best case scenario is they notify the police and after a 24 hour hold they file a report, a missing person's report. Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he can be rescued. This is a story that, by all accounts, should not have been told in the first-person.
The irony of the book reveals itself to the reading pretty early on. He's a bored child in a huge playground. I think Aron Ralston is as good a writer as Jon Krakauer there are a lot of similarities , and it strikes me that audiences will likely feel the same way about this story as the story of Chris McCandless in Krakauer's Into the Wild - love 'em or hate 'em. A good movie by the way, where Ralston is in the end-shot for a second. Aron Ralston used Between a Rock and a Hard Place as a record of his memoirs being trapped in a narrow canyon, where a rock was pinning his hand to the canyon wall. One weekend, Aron Ralston decides to go hiking and climbing by himself. His life after the accident became somewhat of a circus, and this story is not only about the accident, but his thougths on why it occurred, and how his life ha Ralston became a media sensation due to his dramatic accident, and his dynamic charisma.
He's definitely strong, determined and more than a little lucky, but I couldn't stop one thought from forming in the back of my mind as I read through his struggle: Did it ever seem to him that all the near-misses and almost-deaths had caught up to him in Blue John Canyon? Boyle beautifully shows us that although survival seems an inherently selfish thing, much of that motivation and will to live comes from other people, even total strangers. Later, during moments of hallucination, other people from his life seem to visit. I'll never saw through the bones with this knife. In the book, Aron Ralston is plagued by one-upmanship syndrome. Aron continues to be a climber and canyoneer.
I'm happy that he had the wear with all and physical strength to survive what would of been a horrible situation for anyone, but did he learn anything from it? He is beyond lucky he survived in the slot canyon, and I only wish he'd actually learned something from the experience. What is not convincing is his final assertion that this ordeal was all for the best, in the end. He has both a video recorder and a camera with him, so he tapes messages to his family and friends, and takes pictures of his smashed hand and himself. A boulder lands on top of his arm, pinning and trapping him. Later on, the same year of his accident, 2003, he skis down a slope in Colorado against the better judgement of himself and his friends and then beckons them to follow. Aron Ralston is probably the stupidest outdoorsman I've ever heard of.
The story itself is fascinating, as is his life, but I just wish he hadn't told it in such an arrogant way. Charges against Ralston were dropped shortly after, and charges against Shannon were dropped after he did not show up to a court hearing. Filming took place in March and April 2010, with a release in and on November 5, 2010. This could have easily been a compelling but plain and ordinary documentary on the Discovery Channel or National Geographic about a man pinned under a boulder who miraculously survives. The truth is, we would. He'd seen rocks fall, had expert mountaineers tell him to always beware of falling rocks.
It never made it to the bottom. The book should be a guide to avoiding wedging your arm between stones in desolate wilderness. So do I think that Aron deserved his fate in that canyon? He's definitely strong, determined and more than a little lucky, but I couldn't stop one thought from forming in the back of my mind as I I wanted to reveal to myself who I was: the kind of person who died, or the kind of person who overcame circumstances to help himself and others. Then we have a close call, and we become acutely aware of what that fraction of an inch or that split second means. He is chased and stalked by a hungry bear after trying to take the bear's picture in Winter. I feel as if the entire tone of the book was just Aron showing off, and not Aron Ralston trying to teach fellow adventurers from his ordeal. And he says no one's more surprised to tell his story than he is.
I read once that someone said: This guy got balls as a solid rock. Recoiling from my sudden liberation, my left arm flings downcanyon, opening my shoulders to the south, and I fall back against the northern wall of the canyon, my mind is surfing on euphoria. Like his proudest moments were when he was closest to death. You chose not to tell anyone where you were going. After reading about risk after risk you would take, I started to get a little disgusted that you kept putting your life into threatening situations. Ralston had written his own epitaph, divvied up his belongings and his ashes through video messages to his family. He spends some time with two girls and , who are lost and shows them an underground lake.