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Trance

by Kevin Taft
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Friday Aug 2, 2013
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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.

  • Deleted Scenes: Moreso extended scenes which don’t add much to the experience you’ve already had.

  • The Power of Suggestions - Making "Trance": A four part making-of doc that looks at the premise, the look of the film, and the editing process including script rewrites.

  • Danny Boyle Retrospective: A nice 15 minute look at Boyle’s varied career with commentary by Boyle himself.

  • Short Film - "Eugene" by Spencer Susser: Directed by "Hesher " director Susser, it’s about a phenomenally awkward man named Eugene who checks into a hotel only to be delivered a computer that grants his every wish. It’s interesting, but head-scratching for why it’s included here.

  • There’s also the Theatrical Trailer and Trailers for other films.

    "Trance"
    Blu-ray + Digital Copy
    $29.99
    www.FoxHome.com

  • Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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