One of the most amazing survival stories in recent history is now on the big screen: Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston has been adapted as "127 Hours" starring James Franco, opening across the country in just a few weeks.
In case you missed the international headlines back in 2003, Ralston was on a solo canyoneering expedition in Utah when he was trapped by a boulder. After several days spent trying to free himself and under extreme conditions, Ralston made a life-or-death, unfathomable decision that ultimately saved his life. The 2004 memoir is an excellent account of the physical challenges (hypothermia, dehydration, and severe pain) and internal terror he endured. Nobody knew where he was, so outside rescue was out of the question. He used a small video camera to record his final wishes and thoughts, and his entire focus was on survival, one moment to the next. It's an unforgettable, almost spiritual account of how he managed to live, against all odds.
"127 Hours" has been earning high praise, and will probably revive interest in Ralston's book. It's definitely worth reading before you see the film, especially since some of us may close our eyes during the more...intense...scenes. An inspiring read we can't wait to see as a movie!