Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Special Interest
Directed By: Danny Boyle
Written By: Danny Boyle
Stars: Rosario Dawson, James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel
Danny, who can now do no wrong, has delivered a gory, sexy, clever and funky piece of filmaking. We're a long way from the parachuting Queen's bloomers and the glory of the Olympic Opening Ceremony. But those who know Danny for Silent Grave, Trainspotting and 127 hours won't be surprised.
Trance opens with a cunning raid on an art auction, where Simon (James McAvoy), likeable but a bit dodgy, is working as the inside man for a gang of hoods, led by Franck (Vincent Cassel), a creepily French overgrown Sarkozy. Their target is a £25,000,000 Goya painting which does indeed go missing and is found only as an empty frame handed over by Simon, who may or may not have pulled off a double cross. Beaten by an enraged Frank, he suffers a blow to the head causing amnesia.
Simon, with the encouragement of an ever more ominous Frank, enlists the help of a Harley Street a hypnotherapist, Dr. Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson), smart, sexy and possibly equipped to unlock Simon's lost memory and the location of the painting. As Elizabeth delves deeper into Simon’s mind, the film propels us speedily through scenes that drift between dream & reality, conscious & subconscious. Boyle manages to keep the requisite few seconds ahead of his audience with abrupt scene shifts and plot twists all the way to a starkly witty ending.
Being a Danny Boyle film it, of course, looks stunning, credits due also to his regular cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle. Longterm collaborator Rick Smith of Underworld delivers another trademark poundingly brilliant soundtrack.
Don't go expecting a worthy, serious-minded successor to Slumdog. Just go and get royally entertained, Your Majesties.
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