Written September 26, 2014
This is a little confusing to follow but interesting in it's set up . James works at an art house that sells paintings at auctions [he is in charge of getting the painting to safety , in case of a robbery] . Vincent is an art thief that steals a painting from one of the auctions . The only problem is when Vincent gets the painting home , the painting is missing [he only has the frame] . James was hit in the head during the robbery and does not remember what happened to the painting so Rosario , a hypnotherapist , is hired to jog James' memory . The confusing part of the story is when it gets to the point where you can not tell which is a real scene or someone is in a trance . It jumps back and forth between the two .
It's rated "R" for sexual situations [including nudity] , violence and language and has a running time of 1 hour & 41 minutes .
It's not one that I would buy on DVD but it would be alright as a rental .
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 July 29, 2014
The way the film distorts time is excellent. The first half is straight forward, but the second half shifts all over the place, completely non-linear. Because of the heavy emphasis on hypnosis it’s always unclear what is reality, dream, trance, past, present, future. It is a big, flashy, colorful film.
Trance has a heist, physiological manipulation, an unorthodox love story, all elements that can make for great thriller, but they occur on screen sometimes too contrived, almost satirical. There are unrealistic, sometimes goofy flaws.
Trance is like a mix of the Inception and Eternal Sunshine. It is really entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny at times. The problem is that only in retrospect does the film really make any sense. Trance requires a certain level of forgiveness from its audience, and a truly great thriller, I think, would never request.
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Written October 30, 2014
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 October 01, 2014
James McAvoy is one of the only actors who could have pulled this movie off. It kept me guessing - which is definitely rare these days. My main critique was the overly peppy music Danny Boyle chose to interpose on half the movie - it brought me out of the genre and made some of the most powerful scenes instead a little silly. A shame.