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4 1/2 stars for this excellent twisty thriller,
This review is from: Trance (DVD)
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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Initial post: Jul 20, 2013, 8:25:38 AM PDT
justin PL says:
A confusing mess but 4.5 stars? What?
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2013, 9:50:03 AM PDT
M. Oleson says:
I've re-read this review several times and I don't see where "confusing mess" was used. Confusing? Yes it is.
In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2014, 3:59:49 AM PDT
Benny Katz says:
Must really like Rosario's T*ts! I do too but they aren't good enough to give this dreck 4.5 stars!
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