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Trance

MPAA Rating: R

Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes (101 minutes)

Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, some grisly images, and language.

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

It's

A

Super-cool

Entertaining

Flick!

3.5 out of 5

Trance Review

What's Good:
Brain-twisting sequences, Charisma and Intellectual freshness in the concepts.
What's Bad:
Some may be annoyed of the no of twisted turns this plot takes.
Verdict:
Danny Boyle delights you with 'Trance'.
Watch or Not:
Definitely watch it for some nonstop visual, aural and intellectual entertainment!

Audience Ratings for Trance

54.0%
74 Ratings
1 2 3 4 5
hate it don't like it it's ok it's good it's great

Plot Summary

Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario 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.

Critics Reviews for Trance

47 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 19 | Positive Review: 9 | Negative Review: 10 | Average Rating: 2.9/5

Boyle loads his movie with so many snazzy effects that we lose sight of what it all means.
Critic Score: B-

April 5, 2013 Full Review
Peter Rainer
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Danny Boyle's trippy, Inception-like thriller is a hypnotic head trip that demands you trust no one.
Critic Score: 3/4

April 5, 2013 Full Review
Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The dreamy unconscious in Trance seems haphazard, frenetic and often meaningless.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

April 5, 2013 Full Review
Claudia Puig
Claudia Puig
USA Today

When Boyle finally pulls aside the curtain to show what he's been up to all along, we don't feel as if we've been fairly fooled. We feel as if we've been cheated...
Critic Score: 2/4

April 5, 2013 Full Review
Stephen Whitty
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

A slick heist tale with more twists than sense, this is one movie that ends up outsmarting itself.
Critic Score: 2/5

April 4, 2013 Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

I floated in and out of states that included suspense, surprise, delight and shock, all of them adding up to steady-state enjoyment.

April 4, 2013 Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Mr. Boyle is a flamboyant visual stylist with a punk rocker's delight in anarchic jolts. His is a cinema of attraction and repulsion.
Critic Score: 3/5

April 4, 2013 Full Review
Manohla Dargis
Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Boyle may be sleepwalking - speed-sleepwalking, maybe - through Trance. But he's awake and alive when it comes to knowing what his actors can do.

April 4, 2013 Full Review
Stephanie Zacharek
NPR

The movie is never boring or uninteresting, but I viewed it from a detached perspective, unable to become involved because I didn't really care about any of the three main characters.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2013 Full Review
James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Viewers who get hung up on story logic - or prefer movies that feature at least one sympathetic character - will spend much of "Trance"'s 101 minutes gritting their teeth.
Critic Score: 3/4

April 4, 2013 Full Review
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Sun-Times

This exhilarating brain-twister is a nonstop visual, aural and intellectual delight, steeped in movie conventions and yet fizzing with freshness. It's what happens when film noir goes out to a rave.
Critic Score: 3.5/4

April 4, 2013 Full Review
Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith
New York Post

A frisky, feisty heist flick with brains and charisma, the movie may make a few errors, but they're forgotten in the blink of an eye thanks to all the twists, turns and close shaves.
Critic Score: 4/5

April 4, 2013 Full Review
Joe Neumaier
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

You get the feeling that Boyle recut the footage so often, and in so many looped combinations, that he began to see links between images that no one in the audience would.
Critic Score: D+

April 3, 2013 Full Review
Owen Gleiberman
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The film plays like something Boyle could kick out in his sleep, all his supercool devices listlessly deployed in service of a mediocre wet dream.
Critic Score: 2/5

April 3, 2013 Full Review
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

Anything goes, which may make all this great fun for the hallucinogenically inclined, but since nothing in these sequences has any lasting consequences, suspense is difficult to amplify.

April 3, 2013 Full Review
Zachary Wigon
Village Voice

An insufferable cross between "Inception" and the twisty heist noir of Jean-Pierre Melville, "Trance" is a shapelessly propulsive mess of pop psychology and poor drama.
Critic Score: 3.5/10

April 1, 2013 Full Review
David Ehrlich
Film.com

It's a kick to see Boyle back in lickety-split genre mode.
Critic Score: 3/5

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Guy Lodge
Time Out

Superficial pleasures aside, however, the convoluted script jumps and dodges so often, it soon loses the thread of its own story.

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Peter Debruge
Variety

Danny Boyle has great and plainly evident fun adding twists and curves and tunnels and endless style to his modern London noir Trance, but he makes so many left turns that the film turns in on itself rather than going anywhere.

March 22, 2013 Full Review
Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter

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