‘127 Hours’ teaser trailer

Posted by · 5:08 pm · August 24th, 2010

Set to play the fall festival circuit is Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours,” which could offer a tour de force opportunity for actor James Franco.  The recently released teaser trailer over at Apple indicates the kind of energy we’ve come to expect of filmmaker Danny Boyle but doesn’t give us much in the way of a thematic landscape to fully grasp.  Not yet, anyway.  I imagine future materials will pull the layers back further, but for now, check out the trailer by clicking the image below or watch the embed on the jump.




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  • 1 8-24-2010 at 5:10 pm

    Brian said...

    That’s the first time I’ve ever seen a trailer built so strongly around a director’s filmography.

  • 2 8-24-2010 at 5:17 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Are people really sensing a major awards presence for this one? Even if the film turns out well, it looks like it might be a little narrow in scope (not to mention youth-oriented) for the Academy.

  • 3 8-24-2010 at 5:23 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Fox Searchlight certainly seems to be sensing “an awards presence” for this movie…

  • 4 8-24-2010 at 5:24 pm

    John said...

    This trailer makes me realize that I really don’t want to watch a movie about a guy stuck in a cave for 127 hours.

  • 5 8-24-2010 at 5:29 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Kris: I can believe that — give or take “Conviction,” it looks like the most accessible of their prestige titles. (I suspect “Never Let Me Go” and “Black Swan” will prove too remote and/or outré for the big dance.) Still, I do wonder how many people will feel, well, exactly the way John does above.

  • 6 8-24-2010 at 5:30 pm

    Josh said...

    Yeah, I’m kind of with John on this one. James Franco is a talented actor, but as I was watching the trailer (which, IMO, makes a big mistake in unleashing what is the film’s plot–unless I’m mistaken–until the last possible second), I was thinking the same thing: after the first 20/30 minutes, it’s going to be Franco stuck in a cave until the end?

    Also, being honest, I really hope the trailer’s not too indicative of the movie’s style, in terms of the split-screen shots, quick cuts, etc., because I was getting a headache from that. That said, I’m worried that the movie will look exactly like that, because it’s Boyle. Sigh.

  • 7 8-24-2010 at 5:32 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I’m hearing Conviction isn’t anything to consider beyond Sam Rockwell, actually. Not even Swank.

  • 8 8-24-2010 at 5:35 pm

    Jim T said...

    I like the light aspect of it but it seems to me like we’re not really going to get to know the character before we have to feel sorry for him. I think we’ll just have to feel sorry because he will suffer, not because we know who the person who’s suffering is.

  • 9 8-24-2010 at 5:41 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Yeah, that’s been my gut feel on “Conviction” — looks like Lifetime central. And while I like Swank as an actress, her nose for projects has been so off lately as to cast doubt on anything she chooses.

  • 10 8-24-2010 at 5:51 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    I’m pumped and ready to forgive Boyle for Slumdog.

  • 11 8-24-2010 at 5:55 pm

    Derek 8-Track said...

    I just don’t care to watch movies where Leonardo DiCaprio, Emile Hirsch, and now James Franco attempt to obtain self discovery away from their middle class existence… try going to Disney World. its much safer. no drug lords, poison berries or deadly rocks to get wedged in.

  • 12 8-24-2010 at 5:56 pm

    Jim T said...

    Chad – why is that? This one seems as exuberant as Slumdog, at least in the “happy” part (how many names have I given it today?)

    Maybe you thought Slumdog didn’t earn its exuberance or something?

  • 13 8-24-2010 at 5:59 pm

    Jim T said...

    Derek – What?? Too bad millions of people around the world didn’t know all the answers like you do. Life is not that simple you know. And this person is real. Don’t be cruel.

  • 14 8-24-2010 at 6:04 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Well, I’m hoping very little of the actual film is cut the way the trailer is. As far as Slumdog goes, I think Boyle directed a horrible script pretty well for the most part. The less plot the better for this one as far as I’m concerned.

  • 15 8-24-2010 at 6:05 pm

    Simone said...

    After deliberately avoiding Boyle’s ‘Slumdog’, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and watch ‘127 Hours’. Hell, this is James Franco too. So, I’m there and watching 13 other films at TIFF too.

  • 16 8-24-2010 at 6:08 pm

    Cordy said...

    I’m really looking forward to what Franco does with this moreso than Boyle, but I am with Josh, I don’t think this trailer really shows us at all what the movie will be like. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though.

  • 17 8-24-2010 at 6:12 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    I hope the critical consensus for this film holds well. I love Franco.

  • 18 8-24-2010 at 6:27 pm

    Speaking English said...

    This is a teaser trailer. That’s why there’s all that Boyle filmography stuff at the beginning. And I sincerely hope the actual trailer is better, because this left me with gigantic disappointment and confusion.

  • 19 8-24-2010 at 6:29 pm

    JJ said...

    Looks terrifying.

  • 20 8-24-2010 at 6:32 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Did the teaser seem to anyone else like a stupid, campy horror film where a bunch of teens (young adults) go out to the middle of nowhere to Party and then find themselves trapped in horrible situations? The tone of it was totally reeking of some “Touristas”/”(insert generic modern horror movie) crap.

  • 21 8-24-2010 at 6:35 pm

    JJ said...

    Absolutely ^. Makes me wonder what type of movie this really will be.

  • 22 8-24-2010 at 6:39 pm

    Loyal said...

    It reminded me almost immediately of The Beach.

    I hate to judge a film based on its trailer but since there isn’t much else to do until the fall festivals begin, so be it.

  • 23 8-24-2010 at 7:22 pm

    RichardA said...

    It’s like SAW, right?

  • 24 8-24-2010 at 7:22 pm

    Danny King said...

    Not much to actually see here, but I’m still expecting Oscar nominations.

  • 25 8-24-2010 at 7:36 pm

    Rob said...

    Franco is one of the most boring actors out there. He was fine in “Milk” (if vastly overrated), but he’s just perpetually bland in my opinion, only coming to life when given a chance to be funny (“Pineapple Express” and “Freaks and Geeks”).

  • 26 8-24-2010 at 7:55 pm

    Andrew M said...

    This looks very good to me. I don’t like this trailer that much, but the shots are amazing and this is just the teaser so we don’t know how the full story will play out. I hoping big things from Franco

  • 27 8-24-2010 at 7:57 pm

    Aaron said...

    I’m just distracted by the way the movie titale looks just like “28 Days Later”, speaking of Boyle films…

  • 28 8-24-2010 at 8:05 pm

    Andrew F said...

    Count me as very, very excited for this. Looks like the acting opportunity of a lifetime for Franco, and I’m curious to see what tricks Boyle pulls out of his sleeves.

  • 29 8-24-2010 at 8:25 pm

    Derek 8-Track said...

    Jim T- Go to Epcot, the answers to all the worlds problems can be found there.

  • 30 8-24-2010 at 8:50 pm

    Danny King said...

    Rob – How was Franco vastly overrated in “Milk”? He received very little awards praise for that performance. (A great portion of his awards/nominations were for ensemble-type categories). I happen to think he was vastly underrated.

  • 31 8-24-2010 at 9:03 pm

    Jeorge. said...

    Looks like The Beach 2. Or maybe the prequel. And I say that as someone (the only one?) who liked The Beach.

  • 32 8-24-2010 at 9:27 pm

    Chris138 said...

    Looks beautifully shot and very energetic, but I am kind of with John on this one.

  • 33 8-24-2010 at 9:27 pm

    Dooby said...

    The trailer makes the film look better than I thought it would be – I see perhaps cinematograohy and best actor nom at this point but I can’t see much more with such a thin plot…

    Jeorge, agreed looks like Beach 2, but I also liked the beach, my guilty pleasure!

  • 34 8-24-2010 at 10:31 pm

    Brian said...

    I’m probably not going to be able to watch the last hour of this movie. Which in and of itself might prove to be a problem for it’s Oscar chances.

  • 35 8-24-2010 at 11:26 pm

    Glenn said...

    With this and “Buried” coming up, looks like claustrophobia is popular this season.

  • 36 8-25-2010 at 5:21 am

    m1 said...

    Slumdog Millionaire was a fantastic film. I have no doubts that this will be, too. Slumdog Millionaire was better than Avatar AND Inception.

  • 37 8-25-2010 at 6:14 am

    JJ said...

    Well, to me, each year is really about 1 or 2 movies.

    2010 so far is Inception and Toy Story 3.
    2009 was Avatar and Hurt Locker
    2008 was Dark Knight and Slumdog Millionaire
    2007 was No Country and TWBB

    And to what m1 says, I don’t know ANYONE who didn’t like Slumdog. And I know a lot who’ve seen it. Seems that it’s the online community who have the most disdain for it.

    Back to 127 Hours, again, looks good to me. And I, too, like The Beach in an strange, strannnnge way.

  • 38 8-25-2010 at 7:09 am

    The Dude said...

    Trailer looked OK I guess. I really like Boyle as a director, as he seems to elevate the screenplays from mediocrity (Chad, I wholeheartedly agree with you on Slumdog Millionaire…in the hands of someone else, that movie would have been AWFUL). But despite his attachment to this project, there is little for me to get excited about.

  • 39 8-25-2010 at 8:24 am

    Joseph said...

    I really didn’t care for the back-patting, but I’m definitely more interested in the film. I’m curious if this will end up being more like Gerry than Ladder 49. (Wow. Wasn’t expecting to use those two in the same sentence.)

  • 40 8-26-2010 at 9:24 am

    Leocdc said...

    It was just a teaser, so I can judge what I will receive just when I see the movie, but with that little portion of film I think that the options for Cinematography and Editing are really there. For the rest I just can’t say a thing.
    About the Slumdog Millionaire talk. I also don’t know a person who haven’t loved the movie. And I’m talking of real love! I loved it when I saw it, but I hated it when it steals like 4 Oscars to my beloved movie Wall-e (Sound categories, Song and Score categories). But with the Academy you never know for sure, so I don’t care that much for the winnings. (Yes for the nominations. That part is really entertaining)

    GREETINGS FROM THE SOUTH PART OF AMERICA! :D (CHILE)

  • 41 8-27-2010 at 2:29 am

    Andre said...

    I just wanna know what was that really cool song in the teaser.

    Cheers from ANOTHER part of South America, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!!

    OT: leocdc, how’s New Year’s eve over there? Chile’s one of my big options for this year…

  • 42 8-27-2010 at 10:15 am

    Leocdc said...

    I can recommend you “Viña del Mar”. It’s really an amazing show. It’s what I’ve seen on TV at least.

    Cheers from Chile to you too :D

    PD: Have you heard about the “surviving 33 Chileans miners trapped” there on Brazil??