Trance (2013)

danny-boyle-s-trance-gets-a-us-poster-127227-470-75Starring: James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson

Directed by: Danny Boyle

R. 101 mins

A not-so-mesmerizing thriller that is irritatingly shallow and over-stylized to a fault. James McAvoy plays Simon, a fine art auctioneer, who teams up with a gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars. During the heist he suffers a blow to the head and he awakes without any memory of where he’s hidden the painting. When torture fails to jog Simon’s memory, gang leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to explore the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche. Soon, the lines between truth, lies, and suggestion all begin to blur. Boyle directs with his trademark enthusiasm but this is far from his best work.. The characters are curiously thin and the twists aren’t nearly as clever as they should be. Despite some enigmatic visuals and the efforts of a talented cast, this neo-noir feels preposterous and ultimately disappoints. Trance teases the audience with pseudo-intellectual depth and frenetic flare but any real meaning gets lost in all these superficial pleasures – * * 


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s