Trance

Danny Boyle's hypnosis heist caper, Trance, crams an overload of the director's trademark flourishes into a belaboured screenplay until the entire enterprise falls apart. James McAvoy stars as an auctioneer who suffers from a bout of amnesia after crooks attempt to steal a priceless painting. Which is a problem, as the thieves would like to know where he hid the painting they're looking for, please. So begins one of the movie's first chasm-sized leaps of logic, as the plan becomes taking a wired McAvoy to a hypnotherapist to try and remember. Rosario Dawson, who's rarely used to her talent, does what she can with the roundabout material offered. A glaringly unnecessary scene of nudity, though, will sadly be the only thing audiences probably remember from her. There's a lot to like in Trance, but a story that stands up to no scrutiny and some fairly inaccurate ideas about memory muddy the waters too much. —Jacob Boon

Credits

Director:

  • Danny Boyle

Cast:

  • James McAvoy
  • Vincent Cassel
  • Rosario Dawson
  • Tuppence Middleton
  • Sam Creed
  • Lee Nicholas Harris
  • Danny Sapani
  • Ben Cura
  • Hamza Jeetooa

Writers:

  • Joe Ahearne
  • John Hodge

Producers:

  • Christian Colson
  • Danny Boyle

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