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From director Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Trainspotting), a psychological thriller following fine art auctioneer Simon (James McAvoy) who teams with a criminal gang (led by Vincent Cassel) to steal a valuable Goya painting. When the audacious heist goes wrong and Simon forgets where he stashed the artwork, they turn to a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to help him remember. Deep in his jumbled psyche the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion blur.
James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, Tuppence Middleton, Danny Sapani
Danny Boyle ('Slumdog Millionaire', '127 Hours', '28 Days Later', 'Trainspotting')
Joe Ahearne, John Hodge
(R16) contains violence, offensive language & sex scenes | Drama, Thriller | UK | Official Website
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AV Club (USA)
Narratively, Trance is questionable, but Boyle and Hodges whisk past all the unlikely developments with enough verve and style to keep audiences from thinking too hard.Click to read full review.
Though it rings ever so slightly hollow as cool shades into callousness, this exercise in sexy suspense and brain-scrambling mystery is a dazzling, absorbing entertainment which shows off Danny Boyle’s mastery of complex storytelling and black, black humour.Click to read full review.
Trance is a disappointment: a strident, chaotic, frantically overcooked film with an almost deafeningly intrusive ambient soundtrack.Click to read full review.
Danny Boyle has great and plainly evident fun adding twists and curves and tunnels and endless style to his modern London noir Trance, but he makes so many left turns that the film turns in on itself rather than going anywhere.Click to read full review.
Los Angeles Times
A slick heist tale with more twists than sense.Click to read full review.
New York Times
Mr. Boyle is a flamboyant visual stylist with a punk rocker's delight in anarchic jolts. His is a cinema of attraction and repulsion.Click to read full review.
Time Out New York
The film plays like something Boyle could kick out in his sleep, all his supercool devices listlessly deployed in service of a mediocre wet dream.Click to read full review.
Total Film (UK)
Sprinting to the edge of preposterousness and back, this deliriously entertaining day-glo noir of fried brains and blown fuses denotes a director at the top of his game.Click to read full review.
A trippy variation on the dream-within-a-dream movie, Boyle’s return-to-form crimer constantly challenges what audiences think they know, but neglects to establish why they should care.Click to read full review.