On April 26, 2003, Aron Ralston, a 27-year-old mechanical engineer, decided to head to Utah's Canyonlands National Park for a solo trek. During the descent into the Canyon, he accidentally moved a boulder which, falling, blocked his right arm.
For five days Ralston tried to free himself without success, and then, exhausted and dehydrated, after seeing that his arm was now rotting, he decided to amputate the limb. To perform the amputation Ralston tried to use a camping utility knife, but once he cut the muscle and nerve bundles, he realized that he could not complete the operation.
He then decided to break the bone clean by relying on the stone that was crushing it. He incredibly stated that after the amputation he found himself in a state of euphoria. Once the operation was completed, he traveled 12 kilometers to reach the exit.
Fortunately he met a couple of Dutch tourists, who called the helicopter with which he was taken to the hospital. Later, Ralston was implanted with a prosthesis, and he was able to resume climbing the peaks. His story is inspired by the film 127 Hours, directed and written by Oscar winners Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, and starring James Franco in the role of Ralston.
The film was released in US theaters on November 5, 2010.
127 hours plot
Here the plot of the movie: "Aron Ralston, 27-year-old American mountaineer, a lover of trekking and biking, sets out on a solitary trip to Utah's Blue John Canyon.
Everything seems to be going well, immersed in a fantastic landscape; even two splendid hikers, sharing a few hours of the day with them. When he returns alone, however, he suddenly runs into an unexpected and abrupt accident: while crossing a narrow gorge, he accidentally moves a large boulder, which falls on him and Aron finds himself with his right arm wedged between the boulder itself and the wall of the gorge.
Unable to move for five days (127 hours), forced to dehydration and without food, in the days of imprisonment he remembers the relationship with friends, family, loves and the two hikers he met before the accident. Certain of his death, he records his agony with the digital video camera and engraves his name on the rock with the date of birth and presumed death.
Arrived in desperation, his attachment to life leads him to amputate his arm stuck with a small cheap knife. To regain his freedom and escape he will have to deal with one last rope descent, until he meets, by pure chance, two hikers and their baby."