Trance | Chicago Reader


Rated R 101 minutes 2013

Danny Boyle's twisty noir thriller (adapted from a 2001 TV movie of the same name) begins with the sort of ludicrous premise that Fritz Lang or Otto Preminger might have tackled in the late 1940s. An art auctioneer (James McAvoy) hides a valuable painting during a heist but gets amnesia and forgets where he put it; improbably the chic gangster (Vincent Cassel) who organized the crime sends him to a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to recover the memory. An exacting filmmaker like Lang or Preminger might have given weight to the story's psychological elements, but Boyle's frantic, hodgepodge approach provides only fleeting pleasures. He seems to regard the project as little more than a stylistic exercise, trying out lots of cinematic devices without establishing a unifying perspective on the material.

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Director: Danny Boyle

Producer: Christian Colson, Bernard Bellew, Fran├žois Ivernel, Cameron McCracken, Tessa Ross, Steven Rales and Mark Roybal

Cast: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, Danny Sapani, Matt Cross and Tuppence Middleton



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