Trance

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HD. Danny Boyle's twisty thriller about an amnesiac art thief who is probed by a hypnotherapist to find a painting he stole.
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Danny Boyle
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James McAvoyVincent CasselRosario Dawson
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SuspenseDrama
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4.3 out of 5 stars

993 global ratings

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Karen D.Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
TRANCE IS AN ENTICING MIND-BENDING PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE THRILLER WHICH SIZZLES!!!
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(Contains no "spoils") I was curious about James McEvoy & looked at some movies & trailers. Decided on TRANCE & very, very happy with choice!!!

I had anticipated more of an action/thriller, but TRANCE is even better...more of a psychological suspense!!! The plot "almost" revolves around an art heist, but, don't think..."oh, another 'art heist caper' film", because it's very far from that. The art heist itself could almost be another character.

The writing and performances are all masterful! James McAvoy is the magnetic lead, playing Simon, who stole the painting (I'm not giving anything away here), received a fierce blow to the head from Frank, a wicked bad-ass, very well done by Vincent Cassei, which results in Simon losing his memory of what he did with the painting. Giving a bewitching & captivating performance is Rosario Dawson, playing the hypnotherapist Simon is brought to, in order to try hypnotherapy to coax & recover his memory, and, therefore, the painting....

This is where TRANCE really begins playing with viewers' minds, teasing and tantalizing us with each step Simon takes!!! Here's what TRANCE'S plot is really all about...memories: real, "suggested" perhaps even false memories & suppressed memory. This recipe proves deliciously entertaining!!! For we're taken along on a twisting, turning, taunting, engrossing ride of what's real & what's imagined!!! While it may sound extremely confusing, the brilliant writer(s) of TRANCE and the director, Danny Boyle, "almost" answer one question at a time during each new scene as it unfolds...(or do they)?!

TRANCE builds & builds the suspense throughout the film, culminating in an invigorating thrill throughout, tying it all together neatly & very satisfyingly for the viewer. TRANCE is everything & more a psychological suspense should be and it's exceptional!!
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Goes from heist to relationship story and loses it way as a result
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Trance is a twist on the usual heist story. James McAvoy knows where a missing painting is, the hitch is that he has amnesia so his memory needs to be revived to find it. The plot is about various people attempting to manipulate McAvoy to get the artwork. That includes the use of hypnosis which means you can’t always tell what’s really happening and what McAvoy is imagining while he’s under the influence of his psychiatrist Rosario Dawson. The film turns into a question of whether McAvoy has free will or not. The story ends up losings its way however as Dawson comes to the fore and the whole point of the plot the painting fades away. That’s a shame because it really had something going in the first half.
LReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Complex story line with interesting characters...Trance delivers !!!
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Well done English production with an international cast. McAvoy (English), Cassel (French) and Dawson (American) together with a intriguing and original plot is what makes this film interesting to watch. However, I have to say that I watched better performances by both McAvoy and Cassel. It is definitely not McAvoy's and Cassel's best. About the film. This is not a typical heist flick, and it certainly can not be compared to other films that deal with art stealing. I can not think of any other movie I could compare this one to. At first the plot might seem very familiar and even cliché, but as the movie progresses and reaches its climax it will surprise you. It is nearly impossible to guess the ending, it sort of borderlines with something that Hitchcock would think of. Those who are interested in hypnosis will probably find something that will interest them. As for the rest of you, if you like surprise endings, complex stories, and films with multiple protagonists than this film is definitely for you.

Basically the film is about a young and cunning security guard for one of the London's high-end auction houses played by McAvoy.
At the start of the film it seems that he is the main protagonist. Than we quickly find out that he is mixed up with the wrong kind of people led by Cassel, who lets just say do not believe in honest living and 9 to 5 work. Soon afterwards, we are introduced to the third main character Dawson, a sexy female psychiatrist who specializes in hypnotherapy. All three want one thing, and that is a painting worth few million English pounds, but only one of them knows where it is hidden, the problem is---------- he does not remember...
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KGReviewed in the United States on April 7, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fun mind game of a film - and a great guilty pleasure
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A giant mind game of a film, combining a beautiful psychiatrist who is an expert in hypnosis, a quirky gang of thugs who’ve robbed an art auction, and one of their group who was in a car accident right after the robbery, and can’t remember where he hid the multi-million dollar painting. There are twists upon twists, and multiple levels of reality, memory and dreams going on one right after another. Sort of like ‘Inception’, but smaller, more intimate, and revolving around a heist.

I can see why some might not like it. It (intentionally) gets outright confusing for stretches, and there are admittedly few cheats in the logic, though far fewer than most films of this type. But I had a great time; the energy is high, the photography is excellent (Boyle used multiple types of cameras and color schemes to highlight the different realities), the acting is fun, and I found myself more emotionally involved with the characters and more invested in the outcome than I expected for a ‘head-trip’ type of film. One of those rare films where I really had no idea at all how things were going to turn out – the price of a lifetime of watching too many movies! I could see the flaws, and I don’t blame you if they make you want to scream in frustration at times, but they just didn’t bother me, I was having too much fun.
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Karl WeaverReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Suspense Film using Hypnosis as a plot device
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I was not familiar with these actors and actresses. In fact the biggest name seems to be the director Danny Boyle, whom I didn’t really know either. This is basically a suspense story, involving the theft of a very valuable piece of art. The auctioneer, who is knocked out during the theft, is believed to know where the painting actually went, because when the thieves open the packing, only the frame is in it. Despite some torture and the threat of death, he just doesn’t remember what happened after he was knocked out. So they end up hiring a hypnotist, to see if she can help him recall [“they” being the thieves]. James McAvoy, who appeared in X-Men First Class, has the lead role as the auctioneer and Rosario Dawson, who appeared in Sin City, is the hypnotist who purely HAPPENS to also be knockout beautiful. And yes, there’s one full-frontal nudity scene with her, which I’d have to say was gratuitous, not that I’m complaining of course. This is one of those puzzler films in which the plot keeps twisting and turning, but the main plot device here is hypnosis, so after a while you have to start asking what is real, what is hypnotically induced memory, or just plain fake, and just whose story is it, actually? It’s fair; I give it a B-.
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BookwyrmReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting film, but not to all tastes.
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This is an engaging movie. The acting is brilliant, the plot is complicated, and the effects are attractive. The psychological twists do leave you wondering what is real and what is not, but the story isn't too hard to follow IMHO. The twists are unpredictable (save for the fact that the nature of the story lets you know there WILL be twists) and intriguing.

Spoiler alert!

So why only three stars? Because the characters are TERRIBLE people. Don't get me wrong, the actors did a fantastic job. They are supposed to be terrible people. At the beginning of the film, I liked some of them and distrusted others (as was appropriate for the plot line). I found James McAvoy's hapless Simon to be particularly endearing. But as the film progresses and secrets are revealed, you find out those people who seemed to be the 'good guys' aren't so good. In fact, they aren't good AT ALL. And I'm not talking about relatively normal people having a dark side or character flaws. They are just bad people. By the end of the film, I didn't really like any of them, which it made me hard to care about what happened to any of them. The last scene of the film involves my two least favorite characters (by that point) having what I guess is supposed to be a sweet, romantic moment--but it really rang sour for me because I'd been rooting against them.

But that might not bother some viewers. I was raised on a steady Hollywood diet of heroes and happy endings, but I know some people prefer darker characters and darker stories. If that's you, Trance might be just the movie for you.

Update:
The film stuck with me, I'll give it that. I wrote the initial review right after watching the film, but I've continued to think about it in the days since. The more I think about it, the sorrier I feel for McAvoy's Simon and the less I like Dawson's Elizabeth. The film now feels more a tragedy with a psychological aspect than a thriller for me so, again, if you like dark tragedies, I recommend this film. If you would prefer a happier ending, maybe not so much.
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The-Big-BadReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
This is a twisty/twisted crime thriller
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The main reason I bought this film is because of Rosario Dawson doing a really nice nude scene. The acting is okay, but the writing is a little too in love with the concept of deceiving the audience. James McAvoy does a good job with the odd anti-hero part he has. And I'm no fan of Vincent Cassel. He's supposed to be the villain, but he really isn't. They seemed to want me to like him in this film, but I never will. His face just makes me unhappy. To sum up, Trance is a psychological thriller that isn't nearly as clever as it thinks it is and does most of it's work trying to con and/or confuse the audience.
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Masha KhazanReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
A beautifully acted cinematically powerful psychological thriller
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Five stars - 100% - is high praise. This is obviously not Godfather, nor does it aim to be. But as a tantalizing, rich sensory experience, it is spectacular. Excellent work by McAvoy as an apparently easy-going Auctioneer haunted by deadly secrets, and Dawson as a continuously hypnotizing presence on screen (pun intended). Sound and cinematics complement them beautifully.

Much like Memento, in the end, everything (the main plotline anyway) becomes clear. There are sequences in the middle that continuously trick the viewer - one must simply sit back and enjoy. But contrary to some reviews here, there are no major lingering questions like at the end of Inception. It's actually wrapped up surprisingly neatly. That is, until you start thinking about it...
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