Movie Review: Trance (2013)

Oh, Danny Boyle... I guess your success with Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours has given you license to create a mind-bending movie like Trance.

I tell people that this movie qualifies as a complete mind-f*&k and I think that it's an accurate picture of the type of twisting narrative this movie has. The film starts off with Simon (James McAvoy) describing his job as an art auctioneer and outlining the protocol for a heist. But when an actual robbery happens in their gallery, Simon confronts Franck (the leader of the robbers played by Vincent Cassel) and suffers a major blow to the head.

This development starts a mind-tripping journey towards amnesia, hypnosis, and selective memory. Add in the mysterious hypnotist Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson), Simon's race to find a stolen painting turns out to be a spiral towards knowing more about himself.

Trance may be too complicated for its own good, but folks who can connect the dots will see it as a film full of smarts and style.

Rating: 4/5