Trance 2013

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A thriller centered around a botched art heist that pits two men against one another, though they both develop unusual relationships with the same woman.

Starring:
Lee Nicholas Harris, Wahab Sheikh
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 42 minutes
Starring Lee Nicholas Harris, Wahab Sheikh, Ben Cura, Sam Creed, Hamza Jeetooa, James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, Tuppence Middleton, Danny Sapani
Director Danny Boyle
Genres Thriller
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 4 October 2013
Main languages English

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 15 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
... 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens on 9 Dec 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Feb 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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