Trance

Trance

Director: Danny Boyle

Cast: Danny Boyle, James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson

     
 

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A thieving art auctioneer seeks the help of an alluring hypnotherapist in order to repair his damaged memory and recover the treasured Goya painting that he stashed following a brazen heist in this kinetic thriller reteaming Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle with

Overview

A thieving art auctioneer seeks the help of an alluring hypnotherapist in order to repair his damaged memory and recover the treasured Goya painting that he stashed following a brazen heist in this kinetic thriller reteaming Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle with Trainspotting and Shallow Grave screenwriter John Hodge. Adapted from the 2001 made-for-television feature by writer/director Joe Ahearne (who collaborated with Hodge on the screenplay), Trance finds prominent art auctioneer Simon (James McAvoy) dealing with brain damage after he teams with crime boss Franck (Vincent Cassel) to steal a Goya from an auction, then tries unsuccessfully to double-cross his fierce accomplice. In response, Franck knocks Simon unconscious with a vicious blow to the skull, wiping out any memory concerning the whereabouts of the prized painting. When Simon claims to have no recollection of where he hid the stolen masterpiece, Franck and his crew grudgingly agree to let talented hypnotherapist Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson) try and pinpoint its location. Now, the deeper Elizabeth probes into Simon's subconscious, the more complex the mystery seems to grow.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
The antithesis of "check your brain at the door" cinema, Danny Boyle's mind-bending crime thriller Trance tickles our synapses with a series of compelling twists and surreal turns while plunging us into the bruised brain of a thief in serious trouble. Pulsing and unpredictable, it's the type of cinema that only a filmmaker who thrives on taking risks would make, playing out like twisted techno Hitchcock as it leads us into a world where we're never quite sure what's real or whom to trust. Prominent art auctioneer Simon (James McAvoy) has a problem. A serious gambling addict, he strikes a deal with resourceful crime boss Franck (Vincent Cassel) to settle his debts in exchange for helping to steal Francisco Goya's Witches in the Air -- a painting that auctions for more than $27 million. The heist goes precisely according to plan until Simon double-crosses his fierce accomplice at the last minute, earning a vicious blow to the skull that wipes out all memory concerning the prized painting's whereabouts. When Simon claims to have no recollection of where he has hidden the stolen masterpiece, Franck and his crew grudgingly agree to let powerful hypnotherapist Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson) try and pinpoint its location. Now, the deeper Elizabeth probes into Simon's fractured subconscious, the more complex the mystery seems to grow. As if it wasn't glaringly obvious already, Trance is the kind of film for which the less you know going in the better. Of course, the same could be said about practically any heist flick, but given the psychologically labyrinthine nature of Joe Ahearne and John Hodge's script (which was adapted from Ahearne's 2001 made-for-television feature) and the artistic liberties taken by Boyle, it's especially true here. Together, the trio have molded a fairly typical thriller into something completely unique -- a movie that constantly confounds our suspicions and expectations right along with those of the characters at the heart of this bizarre, occasionally nightmarish mystery. There are times when we're not quite sure if what we're witnessing is reality, a dream, a memory, or perhaps merely the seed of a suggestion planted by a hypnotherapist with intimate knowledge of every wrinkle in the human brain. For audiences who value coherence, that could pose quite a challenge, but for those willing to place their complete trust in the storytellers, it can make for an exhilarating experience. That isn't, however, to say that the film is without its faults -- an overreliance on exposition during the final reveal alone could test the patience of even the most forgiving viewer -- but Trance gets enough right in terms of style, pacing, and characterization to help us overlook its occasional shortcoming. Meanwhile, composer Rick Smith and cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (both regular Boyle collaborators, though curiously never on the same film until now) respectively contribute an urgent electronic score and strong visuals that make Trance a strikingly cinematic experience. Likewise, Jon Harris' editing is an art unto itself, sustaining the movie's mysterious tone by making the abstract feel totally natural within the context of the elaborate story. Much like the folks behind the scenes, the cast of Trance play their roles to perfection as well. Photogenic and naturalistic, McAvoy emotes the complicated Simon's strengths and faults with equal conviction, while the always charismatic Cassel instills Franck with a thief's charm that seems to contradict the memory-challenged protagonist's sinister perception of him. As for Dawson, her fearless nude scene might get tongues wagging, but her performance becomes more impressive as the plot gets increasingly complex, proving that Boyle still has as impressive a command of performers as he does style. Perhaps it's Boyle's unwavering commitment to experimentation that helps to keep him fresh, but whatever his secret may be, Trance is every bit as bold, audacious, and challenging as the director's very best work. So while we may not be able to trust any of the characters in Trance, we can certainly count on the filmmakers to deliver a story that holds us transfixed from start to finish.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/23/2013
UPC:
0024543792154
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
R
Source:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
6,846

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; The Power of Suggestion - Making Trance: Hypnotherapy, the look, the final rewrite

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James McAvoy Simon
Vincent Cassel Franck
Rosario Dawson Elizabeth
Matt Cross Dominic
Wahab Sheikh Riz
Danny Sapani Nate
Mark Poltimore Francis Lemaitre
Tuppence Middleton Young Woman in Red Car
Simon Kunz Surgeon
Michael Shaeffer Security Guard #1
Tony Jayawardena Security Guard #2
Vincent Montuel Handsome Waiter
Jai Rajani Car Park Attendant
Spencer Wilding 60s Robber
Gursharan Chaggar Postman
Edward Rising 60s Auctioneer

Technical Credits
Danny Boyle Director,Producer
Joe Ahearne Screenwriter
Bernard Bellew Executive Producer
Christine Blundell Makeup
Christian Colson Producer
Richard Conway Special Effects Supervisor
Katrina Dunn Art Director
Glenn Freemantle Sound/Sound Designer
Jon Harris Editor
John Hodge Screenwriter
Donna Isaacson Casting
François Ivernel Executive Producer
Suttirat Anne Larlarb Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Dod Mantle Cinematographer
Cameron Mccracken Executive Producer
Diarmuid McKeown Associate Producer
Chloë Meddings Makeup
Steven Rales Executive Producer
Rick Smith Score Composer
Tessa Ross Executive Producer
Mark Roybal Executive Producer
Gail Stevens Casting
Richard Styles Asst. Director
Mark Tildesley Production Designer
Lesa Warrener Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Trance
1. Scene 1 [4:05]
2. Scene 2 [4:12]
3. Scene 3 [1:51]
4. Scene 4 [2:56]
5. Scene 5 [2:35]
6. Scene 6 [1:50]
7. Scene 7 [4:23]
8. Scene 8 [1:49]
9. Scene 9 [2:07]
10. Scene 10 [2:16]
11. Scene 11 [2:56]
12. Scene 12 [2:31]
13. Scene 13 [2:50]
14. Scene 14 [2:25]
15. Scene 15 [:14]
16. Scene 16 [:14]
17. Scene 17 [:06]
18. Scene 18 [:06]
19. Scene 19 [2:32]
20. Scene 20 [4:09]
21. Scene 21 [5:52]
22. Scene 22 [7:08]
23. Scene 23 [3:10]
24. Scene 24 [5:40]
25. Scene 25 [:16]
26. Scene 26 [3:58]
27. Scene 27 [2:29]
28. Scene 28 [1:36]

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