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Trance

ComingSoon
17 October 2013
  • Excerpt: Arthouse auctioneer Simon (James McAvoy) is involved in the sale of a multi-million dollar Goya painting when the auction house is raided by an art thief named Franck (Vincent Cassel) and his men, who stage an elaborate theft. Before being knocked unconscious during the heist, Simon is able to hide the valuable painting, but having no recollection of what happened, Franck sends him to a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to help him remember where he put it.
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BluRay Authority
23 September 2013
  • 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. James McAvoy plays Simon, a silent art auctioneer who becomes involved in a heist from his own auction house. He teams up with Franck (Vincent Cassel), a gangster who assembles the robbery.
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DVD Talk
1 August 2013
  • Conclusion: I like that I can count on Director Danny Boyle to craft films that skirt the mainstream. Whether they are prestige films like 127 Hours , in-the-trenches dramas like Trainspotting , or stylish thrillers like Trance , each of Boyle's films offers audiences something new and exciting. James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson are all excellent in Trance , which uses hypnotherapy as a plot device to help McAvoy find the location of a Goya painting he stole.
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Overall 7
7.0

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High-Def Digest
31 July 2013
  • 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. The video transfer and audio mix are both very strong, respectfully preserving the director's stylish visuals and sound design.
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Rock! Shock! Pop!
31 July 2013
  • 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. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the movie is beautiful to look at nor does it hurt that the cast are all in top form.
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Movie overall 7
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Extras 6
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Trance Blu-ray Review

blu-ray.com
26 July 2013
  • 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. Some folks will be into this—and the film definitely has its pleasures— while others might find it a style-over-substance Möbius strip, so circular and insular that it's hard to properly enjoy.
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Movie overall 8
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Audio 8
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Extras 6
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Trance (Blu-ray Review)

whysoblu.com
25 July 2013
  • 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.  Act 2 had me on the edge of my couch’s seat wondering where this story was finally going to go.
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Overall 7
7.0

Trance

Cinema Blend
5 April 2013
  • 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. Both films are visually fascinating and stacked with great performances orchestrated by brilliant filmmakers at the top of their game.
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Overall 7
7.3

Trance

AV Club
4 April 2013
  • Excerpt: Fully buying into Danny Boyle ’s thriller Trance requires an awful lot of faith in hypnosis as a mental tool with Inception -level powers when it comes to creating and enforcing complicated mental states and elaborate mindscapes. Boyle doesn’t need hypnosis to justify the film’s flashy rendition of the world as a collection of crisp, sterile glass-and-metal spaces filled with intense neon colors; striking visual styles have been part of his films since the earliest days.
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Film Review: 'Trance'

Variety
20 March 2013
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