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Suspense Film using Hypnosis as a plot device
on July 28, 2015
I was not familiar with these actors and actresses. In fact the biggest name seems to be the director Danny Boyle, whom I didn’t really know either. This is basically a suspense story, involving the theft of a very valuable piece of art. The auctioneer, who is knocked out during the theft, is believed to know where the painting actually went, because when the thieves open the packing, only the frame is in it. Despite some torture and the threat of death, he just doesn’t remember what happened after he was knocked out. So they end up hiring a hypnotist, to see if she can help him recall [“they” being the thieves]. James McAvoy, who appeared in X-Men First Class, has the lead role as the auctioneer and Rosario Dawson, who appeared in Sin City, is the hypnotist who purely HAPPENS to also be knockout beautiful. And yes, there’s one full-frontal nudity scene with her, which I’d have to say was gratuitous, not that I’m complaining of course. This is one of those puzzler films in which the plot keeps twisting and turning, but the main plot device here is hypnosis, so after a while you have to start asking what is real, what is hypnotically induced memory, or just plain fake, and just whose story is it, actually? It’s fair; I give it a B-.