Thought this film was fantastic - 9/10 James Franco was brilliant in it. A very inspirational film.
Although this comment did make me laugh (from someone on IMDB)
Honestly, I thought the same thing! Why spend 5 days there before deciding to break your arm?
This guy knew no one was aware of his whereabouts in this untravelled region. He could have snapped his arm after a day or two - enough time to exhaust the other possibilities and overcome pointless hopes for rescue.
There was no need to sit there, risking his life even further by becoming weak and malnourished before amputation.