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Stylish Headtrip that Ultimately Overcooks
on 23 August 2013
'Trance' is a psychological mystery thriller that released in 2013 to a mixed response. The movie broke even at the box-office.
The film centres around an art auctioneer, Simon Newton (James McAvoy) who gets embroiled in a heist led by a criminal (Vincent Cassel). During the events he loses his memory and an expensive piece of art. He then enlists the help of a mysterious Hypnotherapist to recover the art.
The movie is visually stunning with a mind bending puzzle that makes you think right from the start. Accompanied by a fantastic soundtrack and slick performances, the suspense hits all the right buttons. It was a win-win situation until the final act. The finale is a total mess due to ambiguous possibilities that become too complex for the films own good.
The performances by the James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson (Hypnotherapist) are just classy. My pick of the lot is McAvoy who is getting better by each movie.
The direction by Danny Boyle is complex and superior when talking about the execution. However, a troubled mind trip requires a soothing ending or simply an ending. Not an over extended trance that becomes a headache.
The background music score by Rick Smith is a claustrophobic thrill ride. The tunes are catchy and hypnotic. A perfect score.
'Trance' was mesmerising until the muddled up ending that tries too hard to stimulate the mind.