Catogery: Drama, Crime, Thriller

Age Restriction: 16LNSV

Length: 101min

Well known names: James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson, Danny Boyle (Director)    

Rating: 7/10 

This week Trance was released on our cinema screens and from the start it looked like an interesting film. Not knowing which way it was going to go, a friend and myself set out to watch it and can honestly say SURPRISE is what we got. It was a good film, but had plenty of shock scenes that left me cringing.

Simon (played by McAvoy) is a fine art auctioneer that teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars. Things go wrong and after suffering a blow to the head during the heist, he awakens to discover that he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When intimidation and torture fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader, Frank (Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon’s broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.

It makes for a very intriguing story line with lots of potential. Boyle did a good job of putting it all together, leaving you confused for he most part and trying to figure out where the twists are coming and what is actually happening. It can be compared to the likes of Inception, but is a lot more explicit. Trance is definitely not for younger viewers, with a full frontal nude shot, sex scenes, swearing and gory violence it is for a more mature audience and even if you think you can handle it, I’d recommend that you don’t watch it.

All in all it was a good film, with a great cast and brilliant confusion, but sadly I still stand by my conviction that it has an unnecessary display of violence, nudity and sex.

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