New Trailer: Danny Boyle’s ‘127 Hours,’ Starring James Franco

An extended trailer for the James Franco Oscar vehicle 127 Hours has been released. The film is British director Danny Boyle‘s follow-up to his Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and tells the story of a lost hiker (Franco) who is forced to cut off his own arm to free himself from a fallen boulder. (I’m clutching my left elbow in anguish just thinking about it.)

The graphic amputation scene reportedly repulsed audiences at the Toronto Film Festival, yet that hasn’t stopped the film from emerging as an award season frontrunner. Franco is looking like a lock for a Best Actor nod, and Boyle could score a chance to win his second Best Director Oscar.

Here’s the brand-new trailer – squeamish viewers need not fear. You do see Franco chipping away at something with his switchblade around 1:40, but it doesn’t appear to be his own arm, thankfully. The film hits theaters November 5th:

Are you interested in seeing the much-acclaimed 127 Hours, or does the prospect of arm-slicing turn you off?

by Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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