127 Hours trailer debut.

The trailer for Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours has debuted online. The film stars James Franco as real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston, who (spoiler alert?) was forced to amputate his own arm after being trapped by a boulder for, you guessed it, 127 hours.

It is Boyle’s first film since he picked up the Best Director Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009. The trailer certainly plays up the fact that this is the new work from the modern auteur, giving us a glimpse of each of his previous films.

For those of you wondering how Boyle and Franco can sustain a feature-length film in which a man is stuck between a couple of rocks, take a gander at the official plot synopsis below.

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.

Without much further ado, here is the trailer for 127 Hours. (You can watch it in HD on Apple).

A few quick thoughts. At first, I must admit, I was put off by this trailer. I didn’t appreciate the “recapping-the-director’s-back-catalogue” angle, and found the tone a little too frenetic for a character drama. BUT THEN, it occurred to me that this might not be a character drama. It might be an action thriller, and in that sense, the tone of the trailer seems a little more appropriate. Also, the trailer really doesn’t give too much of Ralston’s story away, focusing instead on setting the tone. And I’m always appreciative of that.

127 Hours sees Boyle’s Slumdog creative team reunite, including Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, Oscar-winning producer Christian Coulson, Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman and Oscar-winning cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle. Oscar Oscar Oscar.

The film hits American cinemas November 5, 2010, with an Australian release to follow.

Discuss: What are your thoughts on this trailer? Can Boyle and Franco pull it off?

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