Stupidly, I agreed to go and see this heart stopping, gross film. I’m sure you’ve all heard of it by now, it’s 127 Hours.
Luckily, through all the tension and slightly disturbing parts, it was a really good film and the music was definitely key to this.
The director, Danny Boyle, has paired up with A.R. Rahman again for this soundtrack. They worked together on the multiple oscar award-winning Slumdog Millionaire and they’ve teamed up again on this triumph to wow audiences with an emotional whirl wind of a soundtrack.
James Franco in 127 Hours
In 127 Hours, music is an essential part from the word go. As soon as the film starts, a thumping bass track called Never Hear Surf Music Again by Free Blood is played while Aron Ralston (James Franco) sets off on his adventure. It’s a powerful song that symbolises his adrenaline and excitement for his trip.
Never before have I been so involved in a film and its soundtrack. The music is such an integral element to this film. It helps create emotions within you that wouldn’t be as strong without that particular song or composition.
It’s such a rollercoaster of a ride watching this film. Your hands will be sweaty, your heart will be beating two times as fast as it should be and you’ll want to look away or leave the cinema during some moments. The music which accompanies every scene draws up all the extra emotion within you for you to be able to fully appreciate Aron’s situation.
The compositions by Rahman, such as the trio Liberation Begins, Liberation In A Dream and Liberation, are just fantastic pieces of music. They appear throughout the film in different sections and although it’s same piece of music which is gradually built on, they capture the atmosphere and panic of Aron so well.
When you listen to them they’re quite simple compositions, there’s nothing fancy going on, but they bring so much to the scenes. It’s definitely this type of music that made my heart skip beats and my hands begin to sweat.
Throughout, the soundtrack excelled itself. It mixed fast paced, bass music with pop songs such as Bill Withers’ Lovely Day to the more touching vocals of Dido in If I Rise. For every emotion there was a song to sum it up and that’s what a soundtrack should be.