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.
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.
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.
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.
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 especially hard to place on the auteur's tonal meter.
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.
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.
Conclusion: 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.