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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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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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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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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
Wow! I thought, as the first ten minutes of `Trace' went by - it's like an updated version of Danny Boyle's masterpiece `Trainspotting.' Everything said Trainspotting to begin with - the narration, the direction, the quick cutting and the way the main character told us the `rules' of the world we were about to see.

Then it all sort of changed. Yes, the direction was still slick. London shows off its coolest side with the buildings and architecture and Danny Boyle does what he's best at by showing off his style as much as possible.

It's about a gang of art thieves of misplace their latest stolen painting and turn to a hypnotherapist to retrieve the information from the man who had forgotten where he put it. And that's the story. The hypnotherapist trying to get the information. Because of the nature of `delving into people's minds,' we're able to play around with reality in the way the story is told. All this reminded me of Inception (albeit without the folding streets) and, once again, it all looks visually amazing.

You've heard of `style over substance;' well this is more a case of `style over story.' Trance looks amazing. But the story could be summed up in about half an hour and it doesn't warrant the full ninety minutes treatment. Yes, there are some twists and turns along the way that you might not see coming, but the characters themselves - being thieves - are a pretty unlikeable bunch who I doubt you'll care much about their fate.

Trance - once again - proves that Danny Boyle is a master of making things look cool and stylish. However, I just got a bit bored with the lack of story. It's not a terrible movie, it's just it could have been so much better. I see that there's plenty of people who have given it five star reviews. I expect Trance is a film that (some of us) need to sit down and watch again to fully appreciate. I may just have to do that.
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