Cert: 15 Runtime: 101 mins Director: Danny Boyle Cast: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Danny Sapani, Matt Cross, Wahab Sheikh and Vincent Cassel
Anyone can steal a painting. All it takes is a bit of muscle. But no piece of art is worth a human life. No piece of art is…
So Boyle is back, after his Olympic spectacular he gives us Trance. With a new leading man in James McAvoy, Trance seems to be a new adventure for Mr.Boyle. Trance centres around a fine-art auctioneer Simon (James McAvoy), who teams up with a team of crooks led by Franck (Vincent Cassell) to steal a valued Goya painting. But when Simon betrays the gang following the heist, his life turns upside down – and inside out. After being knocked unconscious by Franck, Simon consequently suffers amnesia – meaning he can’t reveal the location of where he hid the painting! Physical threats and torture yield nothing so the ruthless Franck elicits the help of hypnotherapist Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson) to get inside Simon’s head and find the answers. But is everything as straightforward as it seems? As Elizabeth delves further into Simon’s subconscious, even more troubling questions are revealed, blurring the line between truth and deceit, reality and dreams.Daring to make this an adult film and not dilute it in order to make it accessible for a wider and broader audience, he does not eschew from graphic and explicit depictions.Danny Boyle is very much his own man. His films are all underpinned by his stylistic stamps of authorship. In fact, as it tends to be a defining quality of all of Boyle’s films, this one does not disappoint in its assault on the senses.
The thumping soundtrack plays havoc on the ears and the fast cuts fix into the eyes with the precision of a laser beam.Boyle plays chess with the players and moves them around with the devilish glee of a ringmaster induced with the cruel egomaniacal urge of a cartoon villain. You can almost hear the grind of his hands rubbing together as he plots each skittish twist and turn. This is aided, helpfully, by Joe Aherne’s source material and the screenplay’s joyfully itchy nature. The film also has echoes of Inception. But with added sex.James McAvoy is charming as ever as the protagonist Simon who is very likable, hooking us immediately with his impeccably delivered opening voice-over. The writing being in such a way that you rarely know more than him helps one to connect with Simon – confused when he is confused, surprised when he is, and sympathetic when he is a victim.
Rosario Dawson was good as Elizabeth, the hypnotherapist, nothing standout, perhaps because her character is not hugely interesting. However, as the film progresses and you learn more about her, and the situation begins to escalate, the quality of her performance and the depth of her character increase nicely.While watching this film my better half did say that Rosario Dawson has a nice vagina. You will she what she means. Vincent Cassel was very good as Franck: charismatic criminal and sympathetic villain Franck, who was the perfect mix of charming and dark to be equally liked and feared.I appreciated the film straight away for its difference to all other plots and believe it should be credited for its writing specifically rather than that of its directing, despite that also being incredible by once again, the legend that is Danny Boyle. If you are interested in a film that requires thought, active spectator- ship, a different and interesting plot with a side order of perfect directing, this film is for you.