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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.
Dominic Corry, Flicks.co.nz
Director Danny Boyle's hyper-kinetic filmmaking style has rarely been better applied than in this heady (in every sense of the word) post-Inception thriller.
An irresistible set-up – London art thief forgets where he stashed a stolen painting and turns to a hypnotherapist to help him remember – plays out with tantalising ambiguity as allegiances shift and reality comes into question.
The main character's fragile mental state is greatly enhanced by the film's visuals, and James McAvoy does a good job of seeming in over his head. Rosario Dawson is positively radiant, and it's very satisfying to see an English-langauge film (Black Swan aside) make proper use of French actor Vincent Cassel for a change. He's marvellously slimy here, and the film delights in playing around with the true nature of his character.
The London presented in Trance feels cinematic in a way that I can't recall experiencing since perhaps Boyle's own 28 Days Later in 2002. This is a Hitchcockian neo-noir in an English setting – I was in movie nerd heaven.
There are elements to Trance that are confusing, but it's a very capable filmmaker pulling the strings and I never once questioned the choices he made.
Trance's resolution is genuinely shocking and perhaps a touch problematic considering what came before, but by that point I was willing to follow the movie anywhere. This is a must-see for anyone who loves having their perception challenged.