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Trance [DVD]

James McAvoy , Vincent Cassel , Danny Boyle    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson, Danny Sapani, Matt Cross
  • Directors: Danny Boyle
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Aug 2013
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,065 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

From Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), stylish thriller Trance follows an unscrupulous art dealer who double crosses a criminal gang involved in the theft of a priceless masterpiece. Starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson.

“A mind-spinning work of Boyle brilliance” Shortlist
“Deliriously Entertaining” Total Film
“Dazzling” ID
***** Zoo
**** The Times
**** Empire

Special Features:
  • The Power of Suggestion--Making Trance
  • Hypnotherapy
  • The Look
  • The Final Rewrite
  • Theatrical Trailer

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What the, Eh? 15 July 2013
The Noir genre is one of my favourites, films about ambiguous people doing stuff that doesn't make much sense, but you enjoy the process they go through. One of the staples of 40s noir was that the characters had to explain what on Earth was going on in the last reel. Danny Boyle has brought back this noir trope in `Trance', a film that makes about as much sense as a bag full of melted jelly babies, but you will have fun watching it.

James McAvoy plays Simon, a man who works in a prestigious auction house. When the house is attacked, Simon puts the most valuable painting in the safe, but were has it gone? Simon must convince his employees and the criminals that he doesn't know anything. Enter the mysterious hypnotherapist Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson) to unlock his memories. `Trance' is part `Shallow Grave', part `Inception', all kinds of crazy. It is a drama set in the real world, but also the world of potentially false memories. Boyle twists the plot around like a Chubby Checker convention and you don't know if you are coming or going, what is real or not.

In the end, does it really matter? As a fan of the noir genre I was able to glean what was happening and was quite happy with the various dead ends and red herrings the film came up with, but some people will find it very annoying and confusing. It is less about what the journey is and simply enjoying the ride. The actors are on top form, Vincent Cassel oozes charisma, an eye opening performance by Dawson and McAvoy is decent. However, like so many Boyle films it is the director himself who stars - his camera work is a joy to watch. `Trance' is a film for noir fans who don't mind a little confusion in their movies.

A film best suited for BluRay, Boyle uses effects and colour to make the most of the urban setting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trance 9 Dec 2013
Danny Boyle continues hopping from one genre to the next with this beguiling, classy thriller. A hapless gambler takes one chance two many when he seemingly double crosses a gangster by hiding an almost priceless piece of art during a meticulously planned heist.

Trance has many twists and from one moment to the next you will be wondering who is double crossing who. It isn't as simple as it at first seems but it is to Boyles credit that it never gets boring or pretentious. It is a joy to have the rug pulled from under you just as you think you have every strand connected.

A masterfully written story masks some minor cliches but otherwise this gloriously entertaining and superbly paced film deserves to be watched several times.

Drenched in a neon glow throughout, James MacAvoy once again turns in a blistering performance. At once edgy and cool whilst seemingly on the edge of a panic attack he guides us through every twist and turn the story takes.

Trance is a mind melter and you do have to follow it to make sense of it, but the action is fast and brutal. Boyle made the film in record time and that really translates to the screen. Fast and frantic throughout there is not a moment wasted.

A real class act to add to Boyles ever growing back catalogue. Where will he go next?
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4.0 out of 5 stars As twisty and turny as ... 6 April 2014
... a twisty turny thing, this rather clever psychological thriller demands very close viewer attention but still manages to blind-side you on several occasions.

It's a fascinating and quite chilling premise: imagine if a skilled hypnotherapist used their formidable abilities to nefarious ends. Well Derren Brown's entertaining shows have revealed the potential to do evil as well as good so, I guess the events in this movie, whilst seemingly far-fetched, are just about within the realms of possibility.

It all kicks off in semi-jokey, lock-stock style with the very public theft of an extremely valuable painting. Watch very carefully though as some clues will come back to haunt you later! Things soon morph into a rather nasty and definitely wince-making torture scene and then, soon after, you get the first of many hints that things may not be what they seem and the viewer may struggle to decide what is real and what is imaginary.

There are hints of Inception, The Illusionist and Memento in here, but I don't want to give the impression that Trance is derivative.
Solidly acted by all the protagonists, whilst never going to be Oscar material, this is a very clever and stylish movie that keeps you guessing (literally) up to the final moment.

Contains, strong language, strobe lights (briefly), violence (some very surreal, some gruesomely realistic) and a courageously explicit full-frontal courtesy of Ms Dawson!

Now look into my eyes (the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes) and repeat "Trance is a definite 4-star movie and I must give this review a positive vote!".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Danny's break from Olympics is a winner 15 Feb 2014
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Taking time off from creating `that' Olympic opening ceremony, Danny Boyle has brought his trademark visual flourish to this heist thriller / psychological thriller. It's lightweight by Boyle standards, being more mindbending than thought provoking, but succeeds as an entertainment, and will still spark those conversations in the pub afterwards on what works and what doesn't.
It's not a bad thing to go into the movie knowing as little as possible. Suffice to say it centres on James McAvoy's character Simon, who finds himself at the centre of an art heist. The thieves headed by Vincent Cassel soon realise they don't have what they came for and the only person who knows where it is has amnesia - time for hypnotherapist Rosario Dawson to enter the scene. Thereafter you just have to fasten your seatbelts and stay focussed.
In this sort of thriller that relies more on keeping the audience on their toes as to who did what, the actors are critical in selling the premise, and all three leads are convincing here with McAvoy a revelation, and Dawson revealing. Basked in a neon world it really is hard to tell what is reality sometimes.. Ultimately, how you will feel about Trance will probably depend on where you sit on the `style' versus `substance' debate. The substance here is fun, but too clever to be a B movie and not smart enough to be a classic. There's a bit there in the middle where the activity is frantic but somehow the pace of excitement slacks off.. Style wins the day though, as the pace, visuals and music carry you dizzyingly from one scene to the next, until you're as mesmerised as the hypnotees in the movie. With an ending that will divide opinion, Boyle has added another singular movie to his filmography, which is well worth a watch. How many movies have full frontal nudity as a key plot point..? What will he fit next into his packed schedule..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Confused, you will be
Art auctioneer Simon (McAvoy) gets involved with criminal boss Frank (Cassel) when his gambling addiction get's him into deep debt. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jules
4.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BE A HERO
Simon (James McAvoy) is an art auctioneer who participates as the inside man in an art heist. He double crosses his partners and hides the painting himself. Read more
Published 10 days ago by The Movie Guy
2.0 out of 5 stars Suspension of disbelief not enough
Safe to say that Danny Boyle would not have been granted the honour of directing the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics on the strength of this. Read more
Published 16 days ago by A Ryder
5.0 out of 5 stars A wildly fun mind game of a film
A giant mind game of a film, combining a beautiful psychiatrist who is an expert in hypnosis, a quirky gang of thugs who’ve robbed an art auction, and one of their group who was in... Read more
Published 17 days ago by K. Gordon
1.0 out of 5 stars WTF.!
Self indulgent modern day rubbish. Rather than believe all the 4/5 star reviews, - the cheap discounted price is a more acurate review...and not a bargain. One to forget.!
Published 18 days ago by J. C. Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars A good thriller
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. You don't really know who is who in this movie until the end, a good thriller but you do need to pay full attention all of the way through or you... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Sally Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!
Published 1 month ago by Kim loves dvds
5.0 out of 5 stars he loves it
Brought this album for my son as a Christmas present. he loves it and plays it all the time. ugh.
Published 1 month ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring it to me.....
McAvoy plays a fine art auctioneer who is out of his depth with gambling debts and seeks help from Franck, a shady guy who strikes a deal with him. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Dark' Thriller which keeps you guessing
'Trance' is a lot darker than the trailers had led me to believe. This is a psychotic story with red herrings and a good old mystery vibe which keeps you guessing right up to the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ThreeSpoons
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