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.
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.
Summary: Woody Allen famously said, "The heart wants what the heart wants," but what we often forget is that everything we attribute to the "heart" is actually a product of the material brain—its twisting neural pathways, its reserves of memory, its manufactured construction of the self. And the brain can easily be fooled or otherwise manipulated, by ourselves and others, by drugs or deep states of altered consciousness.
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 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.
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.
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.