A sincere and moving attempt at drawing meaning from real world events, 127 Hours takes audience members on a 90-minute hike into self-realization. While there is no specific Wilson-like character to provide the alternative perspective, there are hints of this needed throughline in the various flashbacks and intimate camera self-interviews. However, what is most difficult in these sort of solitary man vs. The world stories is presenting a well-argued Relationship Throughline. This film is no exception. An understandable problem though, given the situation: it’s rather difficult to have a back and forth when the other party is nowhere to be found.
Even without this important piece, 127 Hours still manages to deliver a surprisingly touching and emotionally fulfilling end to Aron’s five-day ordeal.