Trance (R) - Runtime: 101 minutes
Starring: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel
Director: Danny Boyle
Writers: Joe Ahearne, John Hodge
Danny Boyle can, in my mind, do no wrong. He's a very versatile director - he can do horror, sci-fi, drama and everything else in between to near perfection. I love Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting and while Trance may seem a bit of a departure from his more high-profile releases, it's still a fun, trippy movie that will leave you wanting to see it all over again.
McAvoy plays Simon, a security guard at an auction house who steals a painting for Franck (damn you and your British spelling!), played by Vincent Cassel. Simon plans on double crossing Franck, but he gets bumped on the noggin' and loses all his memory as to what he did with the painting. Franck wants his painting back and enlists the help of a hypnotist (Rosario Dawson) to drudge up his lost memory. It's all very twisted and sometimes feels hard to follow - honestly there are scenes that are not real and you're left guessing as to what really happened. Which is cool because it makes for a good thrill and it never felt too frustrating that your throwing your hands up in the air saying Eff this, man!
Boyle lately has been bringing a very interesting tone and editing to his latest films and Trance is no different. There's lots of interesting angles and cuts in this movie and the hypnosis scenes are entirely hypnotic in and of themselves. This is a very well-shot film and the cinematography is highly stylized and sleek. There's a layer of sheen to the film and I really dug that aspect.
As for the acting - McAvoy is awesome - he hasn't let me down in any movie yet! Cassel has always been creepy to me, but he pulls off this low-level crime boss well - just menacing enough. But Rosario Dawson is simply breathtaking in this picture. And yes, she does get naked, but her performance was spot-on. I won't go into too many details, but she has a loaded history and watching her performance was magnificent.
This was a really trippy, weird and fun movie to watch. You'll never really guess what's going to happen (or maybe I'm really dumb!) and the movie just looks amazing. The cast is excellent and the ending is close to sublime.
Rating: Rent It!