Rated R · 101 minutes · 2013

Crime drama, Thriller
Director Danny Boyle has been in rare form. Slumdog Millionaire won him an Oscar, 127 Hours was nominated for six more, and then he directed the opening ceremonies at last summer’s Olympics. So maybe he was just running on fumes, but Trance is a big letdown. Not artistically so much—because there’s a lot here to study visually and aurally—but the story just goes around in circles until it stops rather suddenly. Art gallery employee Simon (James McAvoy) thwarts a thief (Vincent Cassel) from lifting a priceless masterpiece. The only problem is, after the thief knocks him senseless, Simon can’t remember where he hid it. Simon visits a sultry hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to unlock his memory, but what’s in the mental vault is a lot trickier and messier than anyone realizes. Again, Trance is something to see and hear, but watching it … that’s an entirely different story.

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Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/trance
Director: Danny Boyle
Producer: Christian Colson, Bernard Bellew, François 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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Creative Loafing Charlotte Trance a hypnotic thriller Rating: *** by Matt Brunson 04/12/2013
Indy Week Danny Boyle's heist film Trance is slick Trance feels like a film made by someone auditing a community college course in hypnotherapy by day and watching Inception on repeat every night. by Neil Morris 04/10/2013
Memphis Flyer In Dreams Director Danny Boyle returns to his techno-’90s roots in Trance. by Greg Akers 04/11/2013
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The Coast Halifax Trance Hypnosis heist = coolest genre of 2013? by Jacob Boon 04/18/2013
NUVO Movie review: Trance Ed felt like he was on a teacup ride during this silly yet stylish film featuring an art heist gone awry. by Ed Johnson-Ott 04/11/2013
Charleston City Paper Sedated three-way tangles in Boyle's Trance Trance comes out of the gate a bit meaner as a midday hold-up of a London auction house goes somewhat sideways and the coveted object of the heist, Goya's "Witches in Air," winds up missing. by Tom Meek 04/10/2013
Portland Mercury Mind Playing Tricks On Me Danny Boyle trips out in Trance. by Erik Henriksen 04/10/2013
Creative Loafing Atlanta Stylish Trance leaves viewers less than spellbound Danny Boyle's hypno-thriller falls short of entrancing intro by Curt Holman 04/11/2013
Colorado Springs Independent Trance puts a fun spell on reality The whole shebang simply embraces its own absurdity from the get-go. by MaryAnn Johanson 04/10/2013
Boise Weekly Trance: An Electric New-Age Noir With Plenty of Rosario Dawson Also opening this week: The Place Beyond the Pines. by George Prentice 04/12/2013
Arkansas Times Not so entrancing 'Trance' forgets plot, character development in all the flash. by Sam Eifling 04/18/2013

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