Written April 15, 2013
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 November 23, 2014
"Trance" is a modern day version of the film noir from the 40s. It has double and triple crosses, a femme fatale, a bunch of seedy characters, and a protagonist who gets sucked into the web of deceit. Vincent Cassel ("A Dangerous Method", "Mesrine") and Rosario Dawson ("Sin City", "Alexander") do a great job. Danny Boyle ("28 days", "Slumdog Millionaire", "Trainspotting") keeps the tension building right up until ther very end.
Written January 26, 2015
i rate this a solid B+. Very good movie BUT you must pay attention . However if you think you missed something ...it is all explained in flashback style at the end. Great cast. I am a Rosario fan and she is great in this role. Inception like in premise but that is the only comparison I will make. I say go and enjoy.
Written April 23, 2013
convoluted but amazingly transparent. One unexpected twist. Good acting. Read Rosario Dawson and James McAvoy too understated. Don't agree, but Vincent Cassel always great. It's Danny Boyle so looks and sounds lovely.
Clearly no children.
Written March 03, 2015
slicker than snail snot. but empty. we groaned at the end.