I absolutely adored Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire,” and ever since its release two years ago I’ve been anticipating what Boyle would do next. The teaser trailer for his latest film, “127 Hours,” has been released, and while it doesn’t show much, it’s already easy to see its potential for excellence.
“127 Hours” tells the true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco), an outdoors enthusiast and mountain climber who was trapped in a Utah canyon for five days (127 hours) in 2003 with his arm pinned beneath a fallen rock. While stuck in the canyon, he remembers past experiences and the people who have touched his life, portrayed in the movie through flashbacks.
Ralston hadn’t told anyone where he was going, and with no one searching for him and only a small amount of water, he escaped by amputating his right forearm with a dull knife, rappelling down a 65-foot wall and hiking eight miles before finally finding help.
I think the trailer does a great job showing Ralston’s enthusiasm pre-accident, though we don’t get to see much after he becomes lodged between the rock and the canyon wall. This movie could have awards potential for Franco, as he’ll have to carry the story virtually by himself and convey a wide range of intense emotions.
I’ve always thought Franco is a fantastic actor, so I can’t wait to see what he does with this role. I have complete faith in Boyle, though as much as I love him, I’m never a fan of trailers that spend half the time presenting a laundry list of the director’s previous successes.
“127 Hours” hits theaters Nov. 5.
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