Movie Review: Trance (2013)

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Written by: Danny Boyle

Rated: R

Running Time: 101 min. 


In Trance, the latest offering by Danny Boyle, the underground world of stolen art is explored as Simon, an art auctioneer, becomes entangled with a group of criminals. After sustaining a head injury which has caused memory loss, he visits Elizabeth, a hypnotherapist, to try to recover the memory of where he has hidden a painting. But things are not as they seem. Who is Elizabeth and what is her relationship to Simon and his band of thugs? I'm not going to spoil it for you, but it's worth a watch to see. 

I've always been a Danny Boyle fan, all the way back to the Shallow Grave days (by the way, it's hard to find, but if you can watch it, you should). While Trance isn't as good as Trainspotting or Slumdog Millionaire, it is entertaining. The cast is nearly perfect. James McAvoy is sympathetic as Simon. He does an excellent job of conveying his desperation and fear while being threatened by Vincent Cassel's Franck. 

Vincent Cassel was born to play the bad guy, but he demonstrates his range in this film. He plays quite a multi-dimensional character, and his screen presence cannot be ignored. 

I'm not a huge Rosario Dawson fan. I find her physical attributes to be distracting. And it's hard not to think that she got the role due to the fact that she is the director's girlfriend. I hate to be cynical, but I can't help but wonder what another actress would have done with this role. And she didn't have the chemistry with McAvoy or Cassel that she needed. She seemed out of place. 

The direction was very good, as one would expect from Danny Boyle. It was taut, thrilling, and kept me on the edge of my seat. There were even some surprises along the way.  

I'm giving this one the JollyBuzz seal of approval. If you care to download it from iTunes (and help JollyBuzz at the same time), you can do it here:

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