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Trance (2013)

James McAvoy , Vincent Cassel , Danny Boyle  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson
  • Directors: Danny Boyle
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D3DJIG8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,101 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From ACADEMY AWARDr-Winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) comes an 'exhilarating brain-twister' (New York Post)! After a blow to the head during his attempted robbery of a $27 million Goya painting, Simon (James McAvoy, X-Men: First Class), a fine-art auctioneer, awakens to find that the painting - and his memory - are missing. Forced by his ruthless crime partner Franck (Vincent Cassel, Black Swan) to undergo hypnosis, Simon enters into a deadly love triangle with his seductive hypnotist (Rosario Dawson, Sin City). As the plot twists, the line between reality and dream becomes blurred in this fast-paced, unpredictable, 'sexy and suspenseful' (Empire) thriller.

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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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It's not often I'm left unsure of how I feel about something. I think most people much like myself will waver between two opinions--either this movie is needlessly confusing/tedious and the director was just getting off on being clever, or this movie is a fantastic graphic psychological thriller. After having mulled on this for a while though, I've decided that I am in the latter camp.

British director Danny Boyle of "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Trainspotting" has created a world that is both paradoxically grounded in a gritty R rated visual, yet is on a whole different dimension when it comes to the plot and sequencing of events. Much like "Inception," "Trance" can be interpreted several different ways. The time frame of events, what is actually real, and who is "telling" the story are all subject to discussion. Unlike "Memento" where the story is clearly told backwards, it's possible that "Trance" is not linear either backwards or forwards. But at the same time, it could be. This is both part of the fun, as well as part of the frustration I felt when watching for the first time.

I tend to gravitate towards mysteries or plot twists that are shocking due to their relationship to the rest of the story, yet "Trance" is different. Its plot twists are not something that you can definitively figure out like a good mystery, nor are they related to the story so much as the very method of filming. There was a point while watching the movie though, where I just accepted the complexities and relaxed into enjoying the stylish and dream like narrative though. Strangely, once I let go of forcing things to make sense--the movie actually picked up and I started really noticing details that helped in my understanding.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Octane, Visually Powerful and Haunting April 24, 2013
Trance (2013) - James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel

Director: Danny Boyle (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, and 127 Hours)

Premise: Simon (James McAvoy) is an employee at an auction house in charge of managing and protecting expensive paintings. When his auction house comes under attack by Franck (Vincent Cassel) and his henchmen, Simon is struck in the head and forgets the location of the painting. After Simon's release from the hospital, Franck is determined to jog his memory - taking him to a professional hypnotist (Rosario Dawson) to recover the painting.

Thoughts: This film is quintessential Danny Boyle - break neck pace, stirring visuals, frenetic style at times and brimming with ambition. The film's story is layered with hypnotic sequences which overlap with real sequences. At times, the film can be a bit murky and confusion, mirroring Simon's own state of confusion after the attack - as the layers of hypnotism take their toll we, the viewer, is left wondering what, if anything, is real and if Simon is being manipulated or simply losing his mind. When the final act begins, the "reveal" flips the entire story on its head - changing our perspective but informing the entire journey up to that point.

Should you buy this film: Are you a fan of any of Boyle's previous films? Ambitious, erotic and thoroughly entertaining it is a worthy addition to any collection. On the fence? Give it a rent. But if you're a fan of repeat viewings and intense thrillers, this is a must have.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars for this excellent twisty thriller April 22, 2013
This has been a pretty good year already with twisty psycho-dramas. Following on the heels of the earlier "Side Effects," Danny Boyle shifts his directing gears from "127 Hours" and "Slumdog Millionaire" to this confusing thriller.

Simon (James McAvoy) works for a high end auction house that specializes in expensive art. The real expensive kind. During an attempted heist headed by Franck (brilliant Vincent Cassel), Simon tries to safeguard the most expensive work, a Goya, but is hit in the head by the butt end of Franck's rifle. He lands in the hospital and when he recovers, has amnesia regarding the events.

As it turns out Franck and company only got an empty frame. Franck searches Simon's house and car but comes up empty. He then tortures poor Simon. When that doesn't work, they hire a hypnotherapist played by Rosario Dawson in an award-worthy performance. As a veteran of these type films filled with false leads and premises, I can usually get close to what is going on. I will admit, I couldn't figure this one out.

Confusion and manipulation is always on the table but I thought Boyle and company had maybe one too many twists. This film is well acted and visually beautiful. And then there is Dawson as Elizabeth who shows off her acting skills and plenty more. And it's all good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trippy August 29, 2013
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This is one of those movies you just have to hang on and let happen, trusting that it will all make sense in the end..and it does and doesn't, but it is a fun trip along the way. Get only if you like movies like Donnie Darko or Inception.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I Could Forget it April 1, 2014
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Screw this movie and the horse it rode in on. I only gave it 1.5-2/5 because the acting was good and the cinematography was good. The rest of the movie was pure drek. SLIGHT SPOILERS! Between the science of hypnosis being COMPLETELY misrepresented and used as a blanket excuse for plot holes, the characters all being deplorable sociopaths, and the ending asking us to forgive every evil deed and walk away with a whimsical sense of flirtatious mystery simply because of the gender of the one character, this is the first movie in a while that I was genuinely enraged by. Here is a test I apply occasionally to movies to see if I am being pandered to: If you reverse the gender of every major character and change nothing else, would the protagonist still be a hero or just be a self-serving monster? In this And there was ZERO reason for the graphic nature of the nudity in this movie. Now, I don't care if you include some nudity in your movie as long as it serves the story, and in this case the nudity is mostly in service of the story, BUT when you make the scenes so blatant and graphic that it comes across as an EXCUSE to show graphic nudity, you go way past artistic expression and wind up right back on the level of a 70s exploitation film.

This was a truly awful movie with no sense of itself that thought it was smarter and bigger than it was. it comes across as though written by an immature film student with social issues and fetishistic tendencies and no sense of restraint. The movie you see in the previews is better. Just watch the ads for this film and imagine a better story. It'll save you the frustration, time, and cash you'd just wind up wasting on this mess. I wish I could hypnotize the memory of this awful movie out of my head.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
This one will keep you on the edge of your seat good plot keeps you guessing. I would highly recommended it.
Published 5 days ago by Lester
1.0 out of 5 stars What?
This movie is garbage. From the overly dramatized cinematography to the impossibly desperate plot line. One of the worst movies I've seen in a very long time. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Levi J. Hagemann
3.0 out of 5 stars Like a cowboy
Gave it three stars because if you can sit through the first third of the movie it gets to be a pretty good show. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Samuel Wederstrandt
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie......awesome
i love james mcavoy very very much :P
and i think this movie is one of his most famous works
Published 7 days ago by Hui-Chin Huang
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fun mind game of a film
A giant mind game of a film, combining a beautiful psychiatrist who is an expert in hypnosis, a quirky gang of thugs who’ve robbed an art auction, and one of their group who was in... Read more
Published 14 days ago by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie
For me,this movie seemed to have everything; action, suspense, sex, betrayal.... the whole gambit. Saw it on Red Box and ended up purchasing it.
Published 28 days ago by Connie
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not one of Boyle's best
After seeing the great trailers and that this was from Danny Boyle who has made some of my favorite films, this became one of my most anticipated films during the year it was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zencik
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
It's a zippy crime thriller with a trippy score and some tense, high energy acting. It's obviously comparable to Inception, but I find this a significantly better movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JB
4.0 out of 5 stars Say, Who Is Doing What To Whom?
This is a movie that carries the hod well for the first hour or so and then begins to falter as the blood and guts thingie comes to the surface. Read more
Published 1 month ago by F. Sisti
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointed. Here's why...
This is a really good movie, but had more of an impact in its original theatrical version, which was rated NC-17. This Blu-ray version is R. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Gariti
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