Danny Boyle Talks 127 HOURS; plus a Description of the Teaser Trailer

     August 16, 2010


Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours is one of my most-anticipated films for the remainder of 2010.  The story centers on real-life mountaineer Aron Ralston (played in the movie by James Franco) who was forced to amputate his own arm when he became trapped under a boulder.  Speaking to a crowd at Movie-Con this weekend, Boyle explained that he was excited by the challenge of shooting a movie without the benefits of scenery, ancillary characters, antagonists, etc.

Boyle also revealed that Ralston made daily videos of himself while he was trapped under the boulder and that no one, save Ralston’s mom, Boyle, Franco, and a few select others, have seen those videos.  Hit the jump for a brief description of the teaser trailer that was shown, the synopsis and Boyle talking about the movie.  127 Hours opens on November 5th and will make its world premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

127_hours_movie_image_small_james_franco_01Here’s the description of the teaser trailer:

The film’s trailer premiered at Movie-Con, just hours after being colour corrected and finished. It sees Franco’s Ralston living the high life, biking in the desert, partying with friends and introducing two girls (Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn) to his canyoneering ways, before dashing off on his own. It’s soon after that that, making his way up a narrow crevice, a boulder lands on his arm, wedging him in. And that’s where the trailer ends. As Boyle said, “What you saw in the teaser trailer is the good bit, the fun bit – and after that he’s stuck there.”

Here’s the official synopsis for 127 Hours:

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.


And here’s Boyle talking about the movie. Thanks to Empire for the video.


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