The first trailer for director Danny Boyle‘s next film, 127 Hours, is surprisingly upbeat. The drama tells the true story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who had to sever his own arm after he is trapped by a boulder.

The film has two cinematographers: Enrique Chediak and Anthony Dod Mantle. It looks as if one was in charge of the bright, upbeat first section of the film and then, as early test screening reviews mention and the trailer hints it goes to a dark, desperate place.

It was also revealed that the first section of the film will have zero dialogue. We see James Franco as the lead talking to Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara before he gets trapped, so I can’t imagine the dialogue-free section to last that long.

As for the trailer, it looks much different than what I thought it would be. I assumed it would be a docu-style look at the event, but Boyle is using all sorts of camera tricks and vibrant cinematography. I’m definitely looking forward to more surprises. The film also stars Clemence Poesy, Kate Burton and Lizzy Caplan. Check out the trailer below via Apple.

Synopsis: 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.

127 Hours hits theaters November 5th after premieres at Toronto, Telluride and London Film Festivals.

What do you think of the trailer? Does Boyle have another Oscar-worthy film?

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