Written January 26, 2015
Terrific acting informs this convoluted conundrum of flashbacks revolving around the theft of a Francisco Goya (1746-1828) painting (“Witches in the Air”); which is where the audience hovers between nonfiction and the twilight zone; Danny Boyle’s slick scenario, at best, is masterful manipulation but flounders when dealing with the consequences of the therapeutic process focusing on hypnosis (“trance”) and those susceptible to its capabilities...
Carl Jung (1875-1961) whose profession was sloshing around in the psyches of the tormented, sated that “he who looks outside dreams; he who looks within awakens”; “Trance” is a paradox, challenging the audience to differentiate the empirical from the rational; an exercise I found rather intoxicating, “entrancing”...
TWO & 3/4 STARS!!!
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Written July 28, 2014
Although Rosario Dawson has appeared in many movies, none have produced such a captivating, mesmerising performance as she gave in Trance. She is worth the price of admission alone. Trance should elevate her to true "Stardom".
It is a shame that this excellent movie with all its hypnotic plot twists and turns should be in limited release. Nor do I think it should be compared to "Inception". If you like Psychological Thrillers. then you must see this movie.
If you don't like Thrillers, then just go to see Rosario Dawson. Then if you don't like her portrayal, then just watch her body! It's goooood too!
Written December 29, 2014
I found this film thrilling and suspenseful. All the acting was great; but the story was the whole movie for me. It has so many twists and turns that you never know what's really going on until the very end. I thought the screenwriter and director were on the same wavelength because the story flowed excellently and rolled to a climax. Yes there are two shots of frontal nudity that might have been left out because it really served no purpose in the plot. They did however add to the character's credibility once you understand what's truly happening with this particular intense role. Lighting was somewhat dim in parts; but I wouldn't go so far as to criticize it much. I just thought it could have been lit more at times. There is one graphic violent scene of a head being blown away so be ready for that if you're squeamish about that kind of stuff. All in all I would say and have a good night at the movies while watching this intense multi-plotted movie.
Written December 21, 2014
Danny Boyle rarely disappoints, but in Trance, the high-key light swirling camera moves and memories real and imagined don't help the movie's continuity. Trance is worth seeing on the big screen, but don't expect character development like the crew in Sunshine, or a city girding, end-of-the-world angst as in 28 Days Later. Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, Slumdog, all have deeper meanings, but Trance is a good mindbender, albeit more small minded than his other work.
Written January 30, 2015
Imagine... Vanilla Sky + Inception = Trance
It's this trippy world were you can't tell if it's real or all part of the trance.
Definitely SEE IT, you won't be disappointed
*contains nudity, graphic violence, and foul language
Depending on what you allow your children to watch - Probably 15 or older
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