Big, Hypnotic and Fun

By The_Separator
Written April 28, 2015
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. More reviews at
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You'd Have to Be in a Trance to Believe this Absurd Plot

By vizwords
Written May 03, 2016
Don't waste your time with this one unless you like movies that are utterly, completely, totally unbelievable. Such a silly premise and preposterous payoff. Really? ...Really? I got it for a matinee price and I feel completely ripped off.
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Good director but not his best movie

By galleguito
Written April 21, 2013
This is a Danny Boyle movie through-and-through. Visually speaking, it is reminiscent of Trainspotting, but the plot is a twisting whodunit that doesn't quite gel. It has a little bit of Eternal Sunshine... and a little bit of the Ocean franchise. You won't be asking for your money back anytime soon, but don't go with high expectations or you'll be mildly disappointed. I went in with fairly high expectations and came out underwhelmed. With Sunshine, it was the opposite.
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Too Muddled in plot and confusing personalities

By Bearfist
Written November 27, 2014
This was another film that I've seen recently that is completely ruined by the very last scene. It just does not make any sense. Without giving away any plot, I will say that no human goes from being a person who cares about other people to completely indifferent at the chaos and death they've caused. Foolish ending and rather far fetched, old school ideas about hypnotism. If you must see this film, I strongly recomend waiting until it's on cable. Definitely not worth the price of todays tickets. So many of the interactions between characters does not make sense I'd be here all night listing them.
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trance: fraud and ripoff

By JesseKornbluth
Written November 30, 2015
slicker than snail snot. but empty. we groaned at the end.
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