Trance (2013)

Trance (2013)

Trance (2013)

From director Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Trainspotting), a psychological thriller following fine art auctioneer Simon (James McAvoy) who teams with a criminal gang (led by Vincent Cassel) to steal a valuable Goya painting. When the audacious heist goes wrong and Simon forgets where he stashed the artwork, they turn to a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to help him remember. Deep in his jumbled psyche the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion blur.

2013Rating: R16, contains violence, offensive language & sex scenes100 minsUK
DramaThriller
Director:
Danny Boyle ('Slumdog Millionaire', '127 Hours', '28 Days Later', 'Trainspotting')
Writer:
Joe AhearneJohn Hodge
Cast:
James McAvoyRosario DawsonVincent CasselTuppence MiddletonDanny Sapani
91%
want to see

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Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

flicks

Director Danny Boyle's hyper-kinetic filmmaking style has rarely been better applied than in this heady (in every sense of the word) post-Inception thriller. An irresistable set-up – London art thief forgets where he stashed a stolen painting and turns to a hypnotherapist to help him remember – plays out with tantalising ambiguity as allegiances shift and reality comes into question.

4.0

Lands with a thud.

Any movie concerning the manipulation of a character's mind is going to present an unreliable narrative. Inevitably the rug is going to be pulled from said character, usually upending the audience as well. Danny Boyle's latest Trance is but one more film that tries to bait and switch us, but unfortunately the only effective twist in this tale is the rapid...

2.0

Trance runs out of juice...

Trance starts off like a regular heist movie and progressively turned into something else, something less appealing. The pacing was perfect in the first 30 minutes, however as soon as the initial heist is over with everything slows down and meanders along like a senior citizen. There are some thrilling moments and the audience is never entirely sure what...

3.0

Inception-type movie

Although this isnt one of those easy to sit down & watch movies it kept me very entertained trying to work out what was going on. The casting/directing was fantastic. If you like Inception you will like this.

3.0

Absurd & Stylish Thriller left me in a Trance

Danny Boyle returns to his day-job after the heady success of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. And it's clear he isn't about to let the ball drop with this crazy psychological thriller. Whilst this is far from his greatest work, it's a sleek and classy piece of cinema. Sexy, intense, dark, and at times hard to follow, Trance succeeds because of...

3.0

Good but not enTranced.

Danny Boyle has always seemed to me to be a film maker who has forgot to take his ritalin. Trance is no exception to this. There are some very cool parts of the movie and yes there are moments that you don't expect. One thing he always does though is get you engaged right from the opening shot. It is very easy to follow, if you manage to stay awake you...

Not bad entertainment

We had big expectation before watching this. It wasnt as good as I thought but not bad entertainment. Storyline was not impressive and acting was just OK.

3.0

The Thomas Crown Inception

Danny Boyle knows how to put together a great looking and sounding pic but his attempt to create something a little more abstractly philosophical doesn't quite pull together. TRANCE plays a little like a cross between a classic art-heist betrayal flick a la THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR and a philosophical action piece evoking Nolan's dig into mediating reality...

3.0

Fantastic - recommended

Riveting. Reminded me of watching Shallow Grave for the first time. I thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the performances of the three leads. Great to see James McAvoy playing against type.

5.0

Worth a Watch

I didn't know too much about the film before I saw it which is sometimes good - no expectations! I did enjoy it, I was never bored or particularly confused, although you do need to be on the ball while watching it and you end up constantly second guessing what is real or imagined. I pretty much guessed th final twist reasonably early on but it was...

3.0

Review

Loved It. Keeps you guessing and slowing piecing everything together to all come together at the end. A definate go-see!

Variety

Variety

press

A trippy variation on the dream-within-a-dream movie, Boyle’s return-to-form crimer constantly challenges what audiences think they know, but neglects to establish why they should care.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Sprinting to the edge of preposterousness and back, this deliriously entertaining day-glo noir of fried brains and blown fuses denotes a director at the top of his game.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The film plays like something Boyle could kick out in his sleep, all his supercool devices listlessly deployed in service of a mediocre wet dream.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Boyle is a flamboyant visual stylist with a punk rocker's delight in anarchic jolts. His is a cinema of attraction and repulsion.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Trance is a disappointment: a strident, chaotic, frantically overcooked film with an almost deafeningly intrusive ambient soundtrack.

2.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A slick heist tale with more twists than sense.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Danny Boyle has great and plainly evident fun adding twists and curves and tunnels and endless style to his modern London noir Trance, but he makes so many left turns that the film turns in on itself rather than going anywhere.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Though it rings ever so slightly hollow as cool shades into callousness, this exercise in sexy suspense and brain-scrambling mystery is a dazzling, absorbing entertainment which shows off Danny Boyle’s mastery of complex storytelling and black, black humour.

4.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Narratively, Trance is questionable, but Boyle and Hodges whisk past all the unlikely developments with enough verve and style to keep audiences from thinking too hard.

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

flicks

Director Danny Boyle's hyper-kinetic filmmaking style has rarely been better applied than in this heady (in every sense of the word) post-Inception thriller. An irresistable set-up – London art thief forgets where he stashed a stolen painting and turns to a hypnotherapist to help him remember – plays out with tantalising ambiguity as allegiances shift and reality comes into question.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

A trippy variation on the dream-within-a-dream movie, Boyle’s return-to-form crimer constantly challenges what audiences think they know, but neglects to establish why they should care.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Sprinting to the edge of preposterousness and back, this deliriously entertaining day-glo noir of fried brains and blown fuses denotes a director at the top of his game.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The film plays like something Boyle could kick out in his sleep, all his supercool devices listlessly deployed in service of a mediocre wet dream.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Boyle is a flamboyant visual stylist with a punk rocker's delight in anarchic jolts. His is a cinema of attraction and repulsion.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Trance is a disappointment: a strident, chaotic, frantically overcooked film with an almost deafeningly intrusive ambient soundtrack.

2.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A slick heist tale with more twists than sense.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Danny Boyle has great and plainly evident fun adding twists and curves and tunnels and endless style to his modern London noir Trance, but he makes so many left turns that the film turns in on itself rather than going anywhere.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Though it rings ever so slightly hollow as cool shades into callousness, this exercise in sexy suspense and brain-scrambling mystery is a dazzling, absorbing entertainment which shows off Danny Boyle’s mastery of complex storytelling and black, black humour.

4.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Narratively, Trance is questionable, but Boyle and Hodges whisk past all the unlikely developments with enough verve and style to keep audiences from thinking too hard.

Lands with a thud.

Any movie concerning the manipulation of a character's mind is going to present an unreliable narrative. Inevitably the rug is going to be pulled from said character, usually upending the audience as well. Danny Boyle's latest Trance is but one more film that tries to bait and switch us, but unfortunately the only effective twist in this tale is the...

2.0

Trance runs out of juice...

Trance starts off like a regular heist movie and progressively turned into something else, something less appealing. The pacing was perfect in the first 30 minutes, however as soon as the initial heist is over with everything slows down and meanders along like a senior citizen. There are some thrilling moments and the audience is never entirely sure what...

3.0

Inception-type movie

Although this isnt one of those easy to sit down & watch movies it kept me very entertained trying to work out what was going on. The casting/directing was fantastic. If you like Inception you will like this.

3.0

Absurd & Stylish Thriller left me in a Trance

Danny Boyle returns to his day-job after the heady success of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. And it's clear he isn't about to let the ball drop with this crazy psychological thriller. Whilst this is far from his greatest work, it's a sleek and classy piece of cinema. Sexy, intense, dark, and at times hard to follow, Trance succeeds because of...

3.0

Good but not enTranced.

Danny Boyle has always seemed to me to be a film maker who has forgot to take his ritalin. Trance is no exception to this. There are some very cool parts of the movie and yes there are moments that you don't expect. One thing he always does though is get you engaged right from the opening shot. It is very easy to follow, if you manage to stay awake you...

Not bad entertainment

We had big expectation before watching this. It wasnt as good as I thought but not bad entertainment. Storyline was not impressive and acting was just OK.

3.0

The Thomas Crown Inception

Danny Boyle knows how to put together a great looking and sounding pic but his attempt to create something a little more abstractly philosophical doesn't quite pull together. TRANCE plays a little like a cross between a classic art-heist betrayal flick a la THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR and a philosophical action piece evoking Nolan's dig into mediating reality...

3.0

Fantastic - recommended

Riveting. Reminded me of watching Shallow Grave for the first time. I thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the performances of the three leads. Great to see James McAvoy playing against type.

5.0

Worth a Watch

I didn't know too much about the film before I saw it which is sometimes good - no expectations! I did enjoy it, I was never bored or particularly confused, although you do need to be on the ball while watching it and you end up constantly second guessing what is real or imagined. I pretty much guessed th final twist reasonably early on but it was...

3.0

Review

Loved It. Keeps you guessing and slowing piecing everything together to all come together at the end. A definate go-see!