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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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DVD

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By boggisbitesvampires on 18 May 2014
Format: DVD
Trance is a twisty thriller in which neither the characters nor the audience know what’s going on and by the end it’s clear that neither the characters nor the audience really cares. The plot revolves around the theft of a Goya painting. Simon (James McAvoy) is the insider at a London auction house, Franck (Vincent Cassel) the criminal mastermind and Elizabeth (Rosaria Dawson) the hypnotist drafted in to help McAvoy remember where he put the painting when he forgets.

Hypnotism is the engine that keeps the plot revolving. Early on, Elizabeth states that hypnotism has its limits, but the film forgets this as it lurches from one improbability to another. If it had stuck to its thesis it might have been more interesting, but in a film where one person can make any other think or feel anything, it’s not long before we realise that a world where we can make people do whatever we want is a very dull place. Consequently, the twists come and go like the episodes in a bad dream where what happens next has little connection to what went before. It would be a confusing film if one of the characters didn’t spend half an hour explaining it to the rest. In a better film that wouldn’t have been necessary.

Although the plot isn’t up to much, the film does look good. Reflections and shadows are used to suggest that things are not always as they appear. The characters address their own reflections, or seem to be talking away from each other out into the night. It’s all of a part with the ideas in the silly script, but unfortunately, it seems to serve no greater purpose. There should be more to it, but there’s not. The actors and actresses do what they can with McAvoy in particular doing his best to find an emotion to express that will stick on the glossy façade of the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerry O'D on 29 July 2014
Format: DVD
While films like Inception and The Usual Suspects get you guessing, Trance just relentlessy confuses. This isn't helped by the fact that (like Shallow Grave) the film has no sympathetic characters.

B-movies like (for instance) Derailed or Stolen might seem dumb by comparison - but the difference is that they hold the attention. Trance isn't anywhere near as good as either of those. A long, confused slog towards a pitifully weak payoff.

***spoiler warning***

The spinning top at the end of Inception is genius. Franck wondering whether or not to bother clicking Rosario Dawson's iPad app at the end of this is like something out of Eastenders.

Well cast, well acted, expensively photographed. But the good work is wasted. Wasted on what has the feel of a story that's been doctored too much. A pudding of infinite eggs. A broth, infinite cooks. A sea of bathwater in search of a baby.

0/5 rounded up to a 1 for effort. I say 'well acted' but with a script like this, like De Niro and Pacino in Righteous Kill, the actors are reduced to the status of call handlers.
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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 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 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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