Trance sort of snuck up on me and appeared out of nowhere, demanding attention. Directed by none other than Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire) and starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson, I thought that this is a movie about trance music or something like that. It turned out to be a psychological thriller about hypnosis and the heist of a very valuable painting. ’nuff said. Anywhoo, I started watching this movie fairly wasted, expecting to easily follow the story, but as time went on, I was having more and more trouble catching up. This just means that Trance requires your full and undivided attention (and that I’m an alcoholic and pothead :), because there’s a lot of scenes that are quite confusing. People are under hypnosis or telling stories about events that took place sometime in the past, but from their subjective perspective, so you need to recognize what is fiction and what is relevant to the story…
Simon works at a major auction house, dealing with paintings and other works of art that are being auctioned off for millions. He’s a good guy, working diligently and following the instructions to the letter, and exactly this could cost him his life. A gang of highly skilled and experienced thieves barges in during the auction of one of the most valuable paintings in the world, Goya’s Witches in the Air, and steals it. But not without resistance from Simon who tried to stop the robbers and ended up receiving a severe head fracture that has left him with temporary amnesia. Due to the style of the storytelling in Trance the only other thing that I will say to you is Elizabeth is a hypnotherapist who helps people restore their memories or cures them of their phobias (all hail the Hypnofrog)…
Led by the likable and relaxed McAvoy, the cast of the Trance deserves a standing ovation, everyone was excellent, and Danny Boyle showed us that he can make a good movie in any given genre, his versatility is truly amazing. This is only amplified by the fact that the script, without Boyle’s neo-noir storytelling, is quite simplistic and reminiscent of the eighties TV movies. Another reason for a standing ovation is the beautiful and not too shy Rosario Dawson and her full frontal nudity, twice, like I wasn’t having enough trouble with focus… Ah Rosario, I remember you from Kids, you have grown up, but in the end I think that she missed that evil vibe that was supposed to be there, but still it was a fair trade-off.
Director: Danny Boyle
Writers: Joe Ahearne, John Hodge
Cast: James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson, Danny Sapani, Spencer Wilding, Wahab Sheikh
Fun Facts: Scarlett Johansson, Mélanie Thierry, Eva Green and Zoe Saldana were considered for the role that went to Rosario Dawson.