The new film by Danny Boyle starts of as a cool, slick thriller about a robbery of a painting. When Simon (James McAvoy), an art auctioneer who’s involved with the gang of criminals, makes a switch and receives a knock on the head. After recovering from hospital, he is found by Franck (Vincent Cassel) and his band of thugs who have questions about the whereabouts the painting. Since Simon can’t remember due to his head injury, they bring in Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson), a hypnotherapist to search inside his mind and find where he hid the painting and then it everything changes to a film that is a twisted Rubik’s Cube set in a dream state.
To tell you any more about Trance would ruin the surprises that fill the movie. It is not often that you get to watch a film and have no idea of where it is going to go. Boyle re-teams with writer John Hodge for the first time since The Beach and has connections with Shallow Grave with the relationship of mistrust and mixed/confused feels between the three lead characters. Boyle takes the camera and shoots scenes out of focus and crazy angles that questions the audience about what is a dream and what is reality. As the pieces of the puzzle reveal themselves, they leave more questions than answers, the film goes to dark twisted places that shock and leave you flabbergasted you at moments. Boyle seems to channel his inner David Cronenberg using brief flashes of graphic sex and violence that at time may feel misogynistic but in fact are cleverly placed in context to the rest of the plot.
Such scenes may leave a bad taste in some people mouths in the way that it is just so over the top. You very well could say that this is Boyle showing off his skills as a director but it’s hard to deny the skill on show here. Over all Trance is a film made by a great director having fun with his craft and it’s hard not to join him..