Another keenly-anticipated fall film has been given a release date: Fox Searchlight will open Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours on November 5. That’s well in time for the film to make an impression on awards voters. I don’t even want to get into speculation about whether Boyle can repeat the success he had with Slumdog Millionaire. I just want 127 Hours to be good. The early buzz we’ve heard suggests that it could well be a solid effort.

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.

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