Written July 28, 2016
If you have absolutely nothing else to do and like to throw away money, definitely go. While I liked the cast, the script that started out with a bang quickly dissolved into long patches of tedious, incoherent, flights of the director's fancy that at times was hard to string together. It's too bad because I liked the cinematography and the actors and the idea of art theft, but none of that made a difference after sitting through the endless meandering of the story line. My friend who saw it with me was even more disappointed. At the end, we said "Huh?"
Written August 30, 2015
"trainspotting" in our "The Independent Movie Poster Book!"-Danny Boyle a break through
director-I'm reviewing TRANCE film on radio-RAVE REVIEWS!!!! I met Danny at Q&A!
A very multi-layered psychological film-a must see film! We've authored 5 books on film
and review films!
Written July 26, 2016
I think one thing to consider when you sit down with Trance is whether or not you are ready to buy in to hypnosis. Do you think of the mind as something that can be manipulated and molded, taken apart and put back together? Do you think the concept of Inception is real, or can be real? If you do think so, I think you'll have a good go with this film, if you don't, you may find yourself ready to get off the ride before you get to the first hill. I found it at first to be confusing, filled with plot holes and boring, but as it came together and you started to really realize what was going on, I forgave all that, and I found myself entrenched in the story he was trying to tell. There is one specific sequence toward the end that had me 100% fully engaged to the point that I forgot for a second that I was watching the movie, and not in the movie. Boyle paints quite a picture with this, good commentary on the human mind and what it might be capable of writing off. Not too bad at all
Written February 05, 2016
Visually striking but empty-head thriller about an auction house employee who forgets where he stashed a painting during a robbery because of a blow to the head. The criminals decide to employ a hypnotist when torture doesn't yield the desired information. The premise is ridiculous but that wouldn't matter if the movie was actually exciting or fun. It's mostly neither. This is one of those movies where nobody is what they seem, but the result in this case is that you eventually learn that it's pointless to care about any of the characters. Like the similarly twisty Side Effects the characters here only exist to serve the necessities of the plot --nobody seems remotely like a real person or would even qualify as a two dimensional character. Director Danny Boyle can put on a show, however, so the flashy dream visuals are entertaining for a while. But once it becomes clear that the movie has nothing else to offer it all starts to get tiring.
Written June 29, 2016
It's not often that a movie plays in my local multiplex that actually makes me think and not want to doze off. This one requires your full attention and even though yes, there may be some holes in the plot, this is still a don't miss movie!