There are people who are living a simple life. Less talk, less mistakes. No hassles. The same routine, the same place, the same work, nothing different. But there are more people who love fun, adventure, something different and everything in between. Most often, I belong to the first but less of frequent, the last. Whenever I see or read stories about people succeeding in life and fulfilling their dreams, I envy them. Most people say they want to be like that, that they want to have the same experience. That includes me. I’ve been longing to have an adventure to call my own but I think my time hasn’t come yet – or I haven’t left my comfort zone…. not yet. We choose our own adventures. We can count our days living in adventure. But sometimes adventure, like us also has a choice. If it chooses us back how do we deal with it? Are we ALWAYS up for it? For me, I can not really say. It’s very unpredictable. But whatever it takes, whether it could be good or bad, when we look back, it’s worth all the sweat and pain. It completes what we have become so far.
This and other realizations surfaced right after I finished watching 127 hours – a true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crushes his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon near Canyonlands National Park of Utah. 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, abseil (rappel) a 65-foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers , family, and the two hikers he met before his accident.
The biographical adventure film is produced, written and directed by the Slumdog Millionaire director, Danny Boyle. His art direction is outstanding and has become his trademark when making movies. Hats off to him.
127 hours is still showing in select Philippine cinemas. Go and watch it! (PG-13) Check screening times here.
Disclaimer: In the last 10-15 minutes of the film, just close your eyes whenever your heart can’t bear what it sees. It’s for you to find it out! 🙂