Fox Searchlight has released the first teaser trailer for Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours. The film tells the story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for nearly five days.Here is the official plot synopsis:
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.
The screenplay, written by frequent Boyle collaborator and Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy is said to contain no dialogue what-so-ever for the an hour of the story. Danny Boyle is the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Dater, Sunshine, Millions, The Beach, A Life Less Ordinary, and Trainspotting. I’m really excited to see this film at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, and I’m hoping it might sneak premiere at Telluride in early September. I was in the high school auditorium when Slumdog premiered to a standing ovation, and it would be wonderful to see Boyle return to the little town in the mountains for his next film. Either way, you’ll get my first thoughts on the movie whenever, wherever it premieres.Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Watch the trailer in high definition on Apple
An early test screening reaction was previously posted:
In telling the true story of a climber who is forced to amputate his arm after being trapped for five days, Boyle and James Franco certainly do a lot with a little. The cinematography by Boyle regular Anthony Dod Mantle and Enrique Chediak is beautiful and inventive. The score by Slumdog Millionaire composer A.R Rahman is strong as are a few well selected pop songs. The presence of supporting players is kept to a minimum as Franco aptly commandeers what is essentially a one man movie. The intensity of his situation is tempered by a good sense of humor, including a wonderful reference to Scorsese’s The King of Comedy.
A selection of short comments culled from Facebook and IMDB is also available, and they collectively praise the performance of James Franco, the choices made by Danny Boyle and the work of his paired cinematographers. The intensity and claustrophobia of the film come up, as does the fact that Franco holds most of the movie on his own, split between footage that shows him trapped by a boulder, and footage that Franco, as Ralston, “shoots” of himself talking to his camera.
Boyle has said he’s been trying to make this film since 2005, and the sucess of Slumdog Millionaire has given him the opportunity:
“I didn’t want to do it like Touching the Void, because that was so wonderful and I didn’t want to do it like a documentary. I said I wanted to do it where you are part of the experience, and where the audience is trapped with [Aron Ralston] for the whole 127…Without that [Slumdog] success, we wouldn’t have gotten to make it. Because what you saw in the teaser trailer is the good bit, the fun bit – and after that he’s stuck there. … The bit after you saw him getting trapped in the trailer has him trying, for hours, to get out. Now we’d fixed it so he couldn’t move the rock; but by God he tried! He tried to rip that set apart. So we had two cameramen every day, because we didn’t have a villain – except for the rock, but it’s inanimate – but we’ll have two cameramen and change them so it gives him something different to do.”
127 Hours will hit theaters on November 5th, 2010.