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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:
Tuppence Middleton, Lee Nicholas Harris
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Starring Tuppence Middleton, Lee Nicholas Harris, Wahab Sheikh, Vincent Cassel, Hamza Jeetooa, Rosario Dawson, Ben Cura, Sam Creed, James McAvoy, Danny Sapani
Director Danny Boyle
Genres Crime, Thriller
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 4 October 2013
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Starring Tuppence Middleton, Lee Nicholas Harris, Wahab Sheikh, Vincent Cassel, Hamza Jeetooa, Rosario Dawson, Ben Cura, Sam Creed, James McAvoy, Danny Sapani
Director Danny Boyle
Genres Crime, Thriller
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 4 October 2013
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Great movie, I will warn it gets a fair bit darker than the trailer would imply, definitely deserves its age certificate. Some of the cinematography works, some of it is a little plastic and contrived, but the overall aesthetic is reasonably solid. Most importantly, the script is excellent, with original plot twists I really did not see coming and an ending I doubt anybody will expect. Vincent Cassel gives the best performance as a brutish but realistic career criminal. 7/10, would certainly consider getting on DVD. Prepare not to trust what your eyes are seeing.
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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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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Trance kept on surprising me with so many twists and turns I almost became dizzy! There were so many mayers to the story, each one cha ging the goal posts. This is a very clever film. It starts out with what appears to be a straighforaard beist from an auctioneers. This then turns into more of a gangster style set up with the victim suffering from amnesia. If that wasn't enough, it them becomes a tangled web of desire, star-crossed lovers and betrayal. Ther is more but to detail the rest would be to give spoilers.

This is definitely an adult outing. There is sex and nudity from all of the lead actors with Rosaria Dawson showing full-frontal nudity; that was unexpected! The acting is second to none with Vincent Cassell carying off an incredible English accent despite playing a Frenchman. James McAvoy shows real depth as the hero of the piece who is still borribly flawed. Lots to keep you interested from start to finish!
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
James McAvoy is on a roll this year, this is the 3rd film I've seen him in this year that I've loved. I originally wasn't drawn to this but I'm glad I gave it a chance, it's the best mind tricking, twisty thriller I've seen since Memento. It's played out and filmed in such a way that the audience unravels the mystery locked inside the central character's head the same time as he does yet you're still unsure if what you're seeing is real or a planted memory until the very end. One of my favourites of 2014
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Trance is maybe not Danny Boyle's top film, but it's definitely one of his finest: here you find the best sides of him (nice visual/editing inventions, great rhythm, effective use of music, shots and actors, complex plot), and just some of the worst (basically when the good sides are pushed too much and turn cheesy and kitsch).
Here you want to see what's going to happen, while you enjoy the singles scenes and situations, you empathize with a great trio of actors/characters and at the end of the day you don't care much about fully understanding what's going on, a little like in some De Palma's methaphisical thrillers.
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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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