First Teaser For ‘127 Hours’ Shows Danny Boyle Still Choosing Life

The first teaser has hit for Danny Boyle’s new film, and as should expected from the eclectic director of Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, Sunshine, 28 Days Later, and others it’s an entirely different animal from the rest of his films. Boyle has a habit of rarely repeating himself within his filmography so it should come as no surprise that his follow-up to the Academy Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire doesn’t feature a single Indian. There probably isn’t even a single dance number.

Instead the film is based on the true story of outdoor enthusiast Aron Ralston, played by James Franco, who finds himself trapped beneath a boulder in a ravine for five days straight. Isolated and alone, Ralston’s will to live leads him to examine not only his past but also the lengths he’ll go to for a chance at a future.

Check out the teaser after the jump.

Boyle-esque editing aside, this looks like another solid film for the Brit director. The majority of the film will see Ralston (Franco) trapped in the canyon, but the teaser wisely focuses on the events leading up to the accident. Not only does it highlight Ralston’s sense of adventure and fun, but it shows both his and Boyle’s personalities as well. Boyle’s editing and camera-work make it easy to get caught up in the experience of traveling the open expanse of the Utah desert… only to suddenly find yourself trapped all alone in the middle of nowhere. The assumption is his time spent trapped in the canyon will see him flashing back to past relationships, but I’m hoping Franco will still have the opportunity to sob about being told he was dumb at the age of eleven. What do you think of the teaser?

The official synopsis for 127 Hours is here:

127 HOURS is the new film from Danny Boyle, the Academy Award winning director of last year’s Best Picture, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. 127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.”

127 Hours hits theaters in limited release on November 5th, but it will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Head on over to Apple for the hi-res trailer.

Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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