Written by: Joe Ahearne, John Hodge
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Running Time: 101 mins
Starring: James McAvoy (Simon), Vincent Cassel (Franck), Rosario Dawson (Elizabeth)
"An art auctioneer who has become mixed up with a group of criminals partners with a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting." - IMDb
"The choice is yours. Do you want to remember or do you want to forget?"
And can I just say, that shaving scene? That was funny. I did like the music in that particular scene, and that floor shot when Rosario was coming out of the bathroom I think was nicely done, but then the camera zooms in on James' awestruck, emotional face as he slowly touches Rosario's "offering" and utters "how did you know?" with a slightly tremulous voice and teary eyes. And I was slightly getting teary-eyed too -- from laughing. I mean cmon, he acted like it's the damn holy grail! It's just a shaved human oyster, you crazy snivelling maniac.
Trance almost had everything that makes a movie work. Good cast, great direction, interesting cameraworks, good editing, stylish neo-noir execution, and really great music. Unfortunately, like poor Tin Man without the heart and The Lion without courage, this one has a weak script which essentially takes away the soul of the movie. It's a classic case of style-over-substance, easily disguised as a mind-bending intellectual movie with the use of "is this real?" sequences, change of perspective, and thrill rides, that can masterfully dupe the audience into thinking that they're watching Leo with a Spotless Mind. Danny Boyle has style, that's for sure, but he should have given equal attention to the plot as he did to his camera shots & artsy vibe of the whole film. It's not at all bad, the music and style is enough reason to enjoy this movie and send you in a 100-minute trance-like state, but after the credits roll, like a snap of a finger, you wake up after that trippy ride, shake your head, look around, and mutter, "Seriously?"
MY RATING: 3.5/5 - an extra .5 for sheer style.
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