Sunday, 31 March 2013

#33:TRANCE

Directed by Danny Boyle. Starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassell and Rosario Dawson.

It's a heist film, mixed with a twisty, turnie psychological mind shag, to say anymore might be to reveal too much about the plot and spoil it. So I won't. Even if I could. Which I'm not sure I could.

The film follows McAvoy as he undergoes hypnotherapy at the hands of Rosario Dawson after a violent head trauma following a auction house robbery. Under the watchful eyes of Vincent Cassell's gang McAvoy goes into a number of trances to find out the location of the missing painting and his true nature is, or isn't revealed.

Along the way the line between fact and fiction and what is or isn't reality becomes blurred. The film delights in this confusion and edged with a nice dose of black humour makes of an intriguing and always watchable experience that'll leave you guessing right up to the end.

I find Danny Boyle to be an always exciting and interesting director, he's certainly no artist for hire and seems to pick his projects with real care, one minute a crime thriller, the next science fiction, then horror and last time round a film about an idiot trapped under a rock.

In this he handles the labyrinthine plot with real skill and never loses control of it, the direction is stylish and artful without being pretentious. And in fact, Boyle seems to delight in the complexities of the plot that never manages to become confusing, even when it's at its most complicated and baffling.

A great cast, lead by Vincent Cassell and a well cast James McAvoy who's character here is far more believable than the one he played in Welcome to the Punch.

Overall, a nice, complex film with a nice line in gore, violence and some really nice black comedy.

Oh and the sound track is superb too.

7/10

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