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Published April 8th 2013
In a fast paced game of what's real and what's not, Trance delivers a smart, action packed thriller that keeps you guessing to the end.
From Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle, writers Joe Ahearne and John Hodge, and leading actors James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel, you already know you're in good hands, but Trance went beyond my expectations.
Art auctioneer Simon (McEvoy) works with Frank (Cassell) to orchestrate the theft of a $27 million painting. In a botched attempt to double cross Frank and his cohorts, Simon receives a blow to the head during the robbery that results in amnesia and - oops - he doesn't remember where he stashed the painting. Enter hypnotherapist Elizabeth (Dawson) to save the day.
The further Elizabeth delves into Simon's memories to find the painting, the more we learn about his sketchy past and uncover his connection to those around him. The film moves deftly between the real and the unreal in a sophisticated examination of what is truth and the memories we create for ourselves.
All three leading actors bring us strong performances but particularly Dawson, who as Elizabeth, walks a tightrope between Simon's vulnerability and Frank's mounting frustration.
Trance is testament to Boyle's versatility as a director and sees his second collaboration with writer Joe Ahearne who wrote his 1994 cult classic Shallow Grave.
Much like Shallow Grave, Trance is a film where not everything is as it seems and its final moments crescendo in an unexpected and thrilling conclusion.