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:
Ben Cura, Sam Creed
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 April 2014
Format: DVD
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. However, due to a nasty bump on the head he gets amnesia and forgets where he stashed the painting. After some unsuccessful torture, his partners in crime take him to see hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) as a way to restore his memory. Elizabeth quickly figures out these guys are the art thieves and wants a piece of the action when they recover the painting.

Now at this point the plot develops layers. People go in and out of trances and see things and you try to figure out what is real and not real. This film is a crime/mystery/thriller/drama that keeps you thinking. Franck (Vincent Cassel) is the ring leader and wants the painting. Worth a view.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, full frontal celebrity nudity (Rosario Dawson)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christian Nugue on 8 May 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If you imagined spending a quiet evening enjoying sound and accessible entertainment, forget anout it ! What we have here is a convoluted, gimmicky, bendy and twisted plot with so many flasbacks and interruptions in the storytelling that you will probably get lost after twenty minutes. Some might even feel that it comes across much more intelligent that it ends up being Having quickly given up on the script I focused instead on the artistic merits of this flick and they amply make up for the lack of understanding. On the credit side, we have two outstanding actor's performances (James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson); the revelation of a truly amazing (naked) body (Rosario Dawson); memorable visuals and lighting effects; and a caravaggio-like use of the chiarobscuro. On the debit side, an ambitious plot that could heave resulted in a great film but ends up in a reasonably good one.
My advice: read a summary of the script before watching !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 May 2015
Format: DVD
When sitting down to watch a Danny Boyle movie about hypnotherapy I anticipated a non-linear narrative and a blurring between reality and the imagination. I was not disappointed as this entertaining stylish kaleidoscopic film noir proves to be a complex riveting ride challenging the viewer to decipher the puzzle presented. James McAvoy is the insider with gambling debts who willing participates in an audacious art theft planned and executed by Vincent Cassel’s criminal gang who are somehow left empty handed as the Goya paining stolen from Delaneys London auction house goes missing. Enlisting the aid of Rosario Dawson’s Harley Street hypnotherapist McAvoy is placed under a number of trances designed to ascertain the location of the painting. The plotting becomes increasingly convoluted as layers are gradually peeled away in this satisfying graphic psychological thriller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mitun on 23 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
'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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE on 27 May 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Trance is up there with Danny Boyle's best films and a great very enjoyable thriller. James Mcavoy plays an auctioneer who takes part in an auction robbery stealing a priceless painting for gangster Vincent Cassell only to have an accident and hit over the head which causes him to forget where he has hidden the painting. Cassell and his gangsters then go to a psychiatrist played by Rosario Dawson who hypnotises Mcavoy in an attempt to get him to remember what happened to the painting. Excellent performances throughout though it is Vincent Cassell's menacing gangster that steals the film this has to also go down as one of the all time great British thrillers with nail biting tension and some excellent unexpected twists. Very highly reccommended. A great adult thriller.
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15 of 19 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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