Film Review | Trance by Danny Boyle

dvd cover Trance by Danny BoyleDanny Boyle is an acclaimed filmmaker for a reason. Trance was no exception. This movie grabbed my attention from the opening scene. The story begins with the heist of a Goya painting. We find out a guy on the inside was involved to pay a gambling debt. He suffers a head injury and can’t remember where he’s hidden the stolen artwork. The robbers send him for hypnosis to try to recover the memory. Twisty, turny, sexy plot ensues.

James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson are excellent. It doesn’t hurt that they are a pleasure to watch, and you do get to see quite a good deal. The storyline is very interesting with enough twists and nuances to make it different from other movies (Thomas Crown Affair type) without losing itself. The action is there, but not overdone. Could something this complicated happen in reality? Probably not, but that’s another thing that makes it a good movie. The soundtrack is well matched. Though this film doesn’t make my list of top favorites, it does rank for one of the best DVDs I’ve seen come out this year. Check out Trance from a library near you.


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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