Wednesday, April 24 2013, 02:20 AM MDT
Movie Review: Trance
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director • Danny Boyle
Starring • James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson
Rated • R
Recommended to • Those looking for “Trainspotting” and “Inception” mashup that doesn’t quite match the quality of either of those two films.
Simon (James McAvoy) works as security for a high-end auction house. During a robbery Simon is struck in the head and loses his memory. The criminals escape, but the painting they were targeting goes missing. Believing that Simon has the painting the criminals force him to meet with a hypotherapist to help him remember where he’s hidden it.
“Trance” is the sort of film that very early on you know that you can’t trust what you are seeing. Unlike with a film like “Inception,” that lays out a pretty clear path for you to follow, “Trace” doesn’t offer an obvious trail of breadcrumbs to guide you on your way. Knowing director Danny Boyle’s attention to detail that there is a path; he’s just willing to point it out directly.
Stylistically Boyle has replaced the sci-fi of “Inception” with the gritty underworld of London. This is partly due to the re-teaming with writer John Hodge who wrote the majority of Boyle’s early films including “Trainspotting.” But Hodge’s presence is only part of what seems to be Boyle returning to his roots as the score by Rick Smith, member of electronic act Underworld whose song “Born Slippy” was featured in “Trainspotting,” feels like a sonic return to 1996.
My opinion of “Trance” may improve after I see the film again, but for now it feels like an interesting concept that just didn’t quite come together properly. It’s good, but I expected it to be better than that.
-Ryan Michael Painter