When it hit theatre screens, Danny Boyle’s "Trance" was received with decidedly mixed reviews, many skewing toward the negative, which is a shame. Befuddling, brainy, and breath-taking, the film has a lot going on and it takes a solid mind paying attention to all the little details. In that, however, there is a fun ride of mystery, deception and altered reality. It also looks stunning, as Boyle films often do. The story revolves around Simon (James McAvoy), a man who foils the robbery of a priceless painting by a man named Franck (Vincent Cassel) but loses his memory in the process. The painting is still missing so Simon goes to a hypnotherapist named Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to find out where it is. While the setup seems simple, the cat and mouse games of trickery and conspiracy make this nothing short of mental mayhem. That’s what’s so awesome about it. Consistently engaging, "Trance" takes you on a trippy ride and for the most part, delivers. It has terrific cinematography and a great score by Underworld’s Rick Smith. The film looks and sounds fantastic on Blu-ray and is a must for fans of Boyle or for those looking for a cerebral freak-out.
The Special Features are interesting, but it’s the film that’s the real star here.
Blu-ray + Digital Copy