Excerpt: Danny Boyle is certainly an accomplished and versatile director. Here, he takes on perhaps his most ambitious film. At first glance, Trance may seem like a straight forward thriller. It is in the execution that things get complicated.
Conclusion: Danny Boyle's 'Trance' is a twisting psychological noir thriller fueled by deceit and manipulation. Identity and memory become precarious commodities throughout the hypnotic narrative, and while certain revelations are a little convoluted and forced, the film remains mostly satisfying.
Summary: You could probably make the argument that Trance tries too hard with its twists and turns and consistently suspicious character quirks but if you look at it as a modern noir infused with some appreciably trippy hypnotherapy motifs, it actually works quite well.
Conclusion: If Boyle tested audiences' capacity for pain with his nerve-splitting 127 Hours , in Trance , he's out to fry our brains, making us question everything we think we know about the film's characters and their motivations.
Conclusion: So essentially, what you have here is a craftily created, British psychological thriller with some star power and an amnesia storyline thrown in for good measure. I was pleasantly surprised and happy with the film’s eventual reveal and Nolan-like conclusion.
Excerpt: Danny Boyle's films tend to land somewhere on a sliding scale between buoyancy tinged with menace and menace tinged with buoyancy. Trance , which features rough violence straight out of genre fare like 28 Days Later , and eventual uplift somewhat akin to that of Slumdog Millionaire , proves...
Excerpt: With Oscar-success and Olympic-glory, Danny Boyle has firmly established himself as one of Britain�s most beloved National Treasures. Modestly side-stepping OBE�s and rumours of 007, the versatile director�s latest film is perhaps a response to the acclaim and fuss that surrounds him in recent...
Excerpt: If there’s any film that can be directly compared to Danny Boyle’s Trance , it would have to be Christopher Nolan’s Inception . Both films take elements from heist and noir genres and introduce a cerebral twist that takes audiences into the complexities of the human mind.