Film Review: Trance

| 4 April , 2013 | Reply

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Directed/Written by: Danny Boyle
Starring: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, Danny Sapani
Sassi’s Star Rating: 3 / 5

James McAvoy plays Simon, an Art auctioneer that gets involved with some heavyweights that are interested in stealing some pretty expensive art. An all round heist is on the cards, but unfortunately Simon sustains an injury to the head in the botched robbery.


Rosario Dawson plays Elizabeth, a hypnotist, renowned for getting information from the far reaches of the mind who has been brought on board to find the lost art in Simon’s head. They both become involved in a plot full of intrigue and mystery as we constantly are taken from the real world to the world within their minds. It’s got some scenes reminiscent of the spectacular film Inception but nowhere near the elegance of it.


I enjoyed the thrill of it all unravelling and was impressed by McEvoy’s style, he’s always a winner. However, the storyline was a little lost in places, lots of little holes that I think needed a few plugs. Some of the plotlines didn’t quite match the outcomes and I found my self wondering ‘Really? Would that happen?’ Having said that, it’s an enjoyable film that did keep me guessing and wondering what was going on throughout.

It’s well shot and the trance concept is explored in interesting ways. The acting is top notch from McEvoy but not as impressive by the rest, perhaps that is a dialogue issue more than anything though.

For something a little different, this one is definitely a goer.


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