The trailer for Danny Boyle’s latest film, 127 Hours, has today been released online, proving that he’s certainly not the type to stick to one successful film-making formula.
127 Hours follows the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston, whose adventure quickly turns into a nightmare when he becomes trapped beneath a boulder in an isolated Utah canyon. Over the five days that he is stranded there, he begins to examine his life and contemplates the lengths he will be forced to go to in order to survive.
Ralston is played by the undeniably handsome James Franco, who won a Best Supporting Actor Independent Spirit Award for his role as Scott Smith in Milk. He’s joined by a whole host of lovely ladies, including Lizzy Caplan, Clémence Poésy and Amber Tamblyn. Boyle has also teamed up with Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson, who he worked with in directing Slumdog Millionaire.
Slumdog Millionaire will, naturally, be something of a hard act to follow. But with the BFI making the unprecedented decision to have 127 Hours close the London Film Festival this year, two years after Slumdog was given the same prestigious spot in the programme, there is certainly a lot of confidence and excitement surrounding the award-winning director.
But with Slumdog (inappropriately but famously) labelled the “feel-good film of the decade”, audiences might be in for something of a shock with this tense account of an incredible story, featuring a script that is reported to include up to an hour of dialogue-free footage.
127 Hours premieres in the UK on Thursday 28 October at The 54th BFI London Film Festival. Check out the trailer below!