[Movie Review] Trance



Director: Danny Boyle (127 Hours (2010), Slumdog Millionaire (2008))

Writers: Joe Ahearne (Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets (2004)) and John Hodge (Trainspotting (1996), The Beach (2000))

Main Stars: James McAvoy (Xmen First-class(2011), Welcome to the Punch(2013)), Vincent Cassel(Black Swan (2010), and  Shrek (2001)) and Rosario Dawson (Seven Pounds (2008), Unstoppable (2010))

In this thriller, Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon’s broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur. (c)Fox Searchlight


The Script


Multiple award winning English filmmaker Danny Boyle best known for his stylish film making and notable works such as Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, 28 Days Later and The Beach, is back and this time with a physiological thriller. Trance, as described above in the synopsis is a thriller about a fine art heist. The movie pretty much tries to put you in a trance and if you guessed, yes you are right. It’s some sort of an “Inception”. As mind bending as Inception, actually more mind bending than inception, but it seemed Danny Boyle was too busy trying to put the viewers in a trance (he succeeded in doing that to me by the way) he lost focus of the story a little bit.

Now don’t get me wrong, the movie is nowhere close to being as interesting as Inception but the plot did look very similar, and it isn’t easy making a psychological thriller which comes out being impressive but this was a pretty decent effort. It seemed very much to me like Danny Boyle just wanted to make that one movie, like most film making maestros in their career, where he is just having fun, experimenting. (Like Speilberg and J.J Abrams did in Super 8, or Tarantino in Django Unchained and so on).


The Directing


Director Danny Boyle = Style. Not many filmmakers can make a 94 minute movie (127 Hours) which pretty much has just one character and very few scenes and you stay glued and reflect all emotions the movie wants you to depict. A filmgoer was even reported to have fainted during the Self Amputation Scene. The brilliant big screen adaptation of the popular game show “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire” into Slumdog Millionaire is another evidence to his skills. Though this isn’t his best work, but the cinematography was definitely something impressive. The trailer to this movie is the second best I have seen recently (second to Pacific Rim’s latest trailer. View here). But then there were some flaws.

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Firstly the nudity…O.M.G!!! It was just too vivid. I understand it was to depict his (Simon’s) obsession with perfect paintings and the story had a beautiful work of art in the center, but it wasn’t necessary in my opinion. (I still loved what I saw though…wink…lol)

If a story is well constructed, then over flogging and explaining every bit to us won’t be necessary. With that being said it had a pretty good Directing, Cinematography and Sound Engineering.


The Verdict


Danny Boyle’s Trance earns a popcorn and a hotdog from me. It was enjoyable (if you are a patient movie viewer and you like your mind being messed with), you might want to see it twice to understand some bits and pieces or just go online and research on it when you are done and keep your money.(Like me…wink).

So that’s it for this week on our Sunday review. Thanks! and See y’all same time next week.


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